De Laurentiis was determined to land Ancelotti over the summer after the dismissal of Maurizio Sarri.
Ancelotti said: “De Laurentiis? When he called me to Napoli I thought he was joking, but everything happened very quickly.
“The President and I had spoken for years, we'd already spoken when I unsuccessfully tried to take [Edinson] Cavani to PSG…
“This summer we also went on holiday together. He's a President who has become passionate with time, now he follows everything and is informed about everything, but he knows how to delegate.
“He's a very frank person, very sincere and very funny."