Partenopei president Aurelio De Laurentiis has openly commended the 47-year-old and hinted that he may succeed Walter Mazzarri at Stadio San Paolo.
"I want to make this clear," he told Corriere dello Sport. "I came to Bologna because I could see myself being here for a long time.
"It is a great place to work and I have a great relationship with the owners.
"I am focused purely on the present, so I will not focus on the future. I do not have to look beyond the next five months.
"My work here is too important and absorbs me completely.
"Of course I am grateful that my work is being appreciated elsewhere - that is just part of the job.
"I know how this game works, but I will say it again - I am thinking only of Bologna."