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Zenit signing Criscito explains rejecting Napoli offer

New Zenit St Petersburg signing Mimmo Criscito has explained his decision to move to Russia.

The former Genoa defender chose Zenit over Napoli this week.

"It would have been a dream for me to join Napoli," he told Sportitalia. "The San Paolo is one of the few stadiums that excites me.

"However, I didn't like some of the words of President Aurelio De Laurentiis, who said that I must join the club because the Azzurri jersey is a religion.

"Their economical offer was also low in respect to what I was earning at Genoa."

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