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Exclusive: Arsenal hero Lauren hails Napoli loan as 'great move' for Anguissa

Former Cameroon defender Lauren says André-Frank Zambo Anguissa made a "great move" by joining Napoli this past summer.

The 25-year-old never settled at Fulham after joining the west London club from Marseille in 2018.

After a loan spell with Villarreal in 2019/20, the combative midfielder returned to Craven Cottage last season and made 36 Premier League appearances.

Anguissa signed a three-year contract with the Cottagers in August before being sent on a season-long loan to Naples.



And Lauren, who won two Premier League titles with Arsenal, thinks Anguissa made a wise decision.

"Napoli is a great move for him because they're playing in Europe," Lauren told TribalFootball.com, on behalf of Bonus Finder.

"When you get relegated with a team there might be some doubts over the player which is why I think no Premier League clubs came in for him.

"When he was at Villarreal he was superb and Napoli are a very strong team, so he's at a top team.

"There's a couple of other African players there as well, so he will feel settled, and Napoli are a very strong team.

"It's definitely not a step back going to Italy."



Anguissa has hit the ground running with three immediate Serie A starts in Luciano Spalletti's side, who sit on top of the table with five wins from five matches.

After parting with a €400,000 loan fee, Napoli have an option-to-buy Anguissa for €15m at the end of the season.

Italian outlet Tuttomercatoweb says the league leaders are hoping to bring forward that deal after Anguissa's impressive start to the campaign.


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