Bastos plays down Napoli talk
Michel Bastos has denied any knowledge of a meeting between Lyon and Napoli chiefs over his future.
By Simone Bargellini
Last Updated: 08/10/10 6:13pm
Michel Bastos has denied any knowledge of a meeting between Jean-Michel Aulas, chairman of his current club Lyon, and Napoli owner Aurelio De Laurentiis over his future.
The two chiefs reportedly met to discuss a potential move to Serie A for the Brazil international, who can play at full-back or on the left wing.
However, Bastos insists he has heard nothing of the alleged meeting, although admits he is fond of the Italian club.
"I have not heard anything about it," Bastos told L'Equipe. "I would be surprised, this is not the time to think about the transfer market.
"Napoli is a great club and I really like Serie A. I know that there is talk about me in Italy, and I like this championship."
Bastos' agent, Fabrizio Ferrari, also denied knowledge of the meeting, but did not rule out a move to Napoli for his player in the future.
"I don't think that Napoli can take this player, because of the position he plays in," Ferrari told Radio Goal.
"I don't know of any meetings between the two presidents, but I don't rule out that in the future there could be a meeting between Lyon and Napoli, even if Bastos costs around €20million (£17.5m).
"Napoli is a club which attracts many players and if (Napoli's sporting director, Riccardo) Bigon should call me saying he's going to negotiate with Lyon for Bastos, I'd be happy and so would the player."