Luciano Spalletti: Treasuring his Napoli past, relaxing in the present… but what does the future hold?

After guiding Napoli to a historic Serie A title in 22/23, Luciano Spalletti and the club parted ways. Now, the coach has opened up on his post-scudetto feelings and his plans for the future for the first time since.

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Having led Napoli to their first Serie A title in 33 years, and their first-ever without Diego Maradona, many were caught by surprise when Luciano Spalletti and the Partenopei parted ways at the end of the 2022/23 season.

Then, his immediate future became a real talking point as everybody wanted to know what his next move would be. Spalletti confirmed that he would take a year out of football and, while some are suggesting he may go on to be the next Italy Men’s National Team coach, he insists that he has no job lined up.

Sitting down to speak to Sky Sport Italia at home, Luciano Spalletti spoke openly about just about everything, and what the future may or may not look like. It was the Italian’s first time speaking publicly since his departure from Napoli in June, and, as such, it was only reasonable that Spalletti reflected on his time in Naples and the memories he treasures most from his time at the club.

Spalletti: Napoli and now

Soccer Football – Serie A – Napoli v Spezia – Stadio Diego Armando Maradona, Naples, Italy – September 10, 2022 Napoli coach Luciano Spalletti REUTERS/Alberto Lingria

For the 64-year-old, everything associated with the Partenopei is positive: “Napoli has given me infinite joy. Not even the scudetto is enough to repay it,” he said.

“The city and its people will remain in my heart forever. I can imagine what love [Diego] Maradona received considering how much I received. It would have been a thousand times more for him.

“The Neapolitans have given me a joy that you would find neither in heaven nor on earth. They really made me feel a way that is impossible to make a person feel, it was something impossible for a person to deserve.”

When will Spalletti return to coaching?

Speaking on his possible return to the sidelines, Spalletti insisted that he’s not currently contemplating that.

“In January I will evaluate whether I want to return to coaching,” Spalletti said, adding: “It’s hard to imagine.

“I have personal things to put right and for which we need some time. As well, I’m tired. I have my family and a young daughter away, I want to spend some time with her and my family.”

With preseason beginning shortly for teams, he admitted: “I don’t know what kind of enthusiasm I would have had to start again if I were still a Serie A coach or the coach of Napoli.”

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