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Sampdoria coach Ranieri: I tried to sign Maradona for Napoli

Sampdoria coach Claudio Ranieri admits he tried to sign Diego Maradona for Napoli.

Ranieri wanted Maradona to come out of retirement in 1991.

“I think it's a wonderful gesture. As well as being a world champion, Maradona was the soul of Napoli in a way, giving the whole population life in football terms," Ranieri told the official Sampdoria website.

“The first year I went to Napoli as a coach, Ciro Ferrara and I tried to convince Maradona to return, We spoke to him twice when we were in pre-season training, but he had already decided to retire. It was very disappointing, because I would've loved to coach a player like him."
Samp meet Napoli later today.

Ranieri added: "We will be up against a solid team that has good movement and the character of Rino Gattuso. We have to show determination, passion and spirit of sacrifice to get a result.

"Napoli have many champions whose great strength is the speed with which they make moves happen."


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