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The Argentine, who spent seven years at the San Paolo as a player, was overjoyed after seeing his former side end their 22-year wait for a major piece of silverware

Diego Maradona has admitted that Napoli's Coppa Italia success over Juventus brought back many happy memories of his time with the club.

The Partenopei defeated the Bianconeri 2-0 at the Stadio Olimpico on Sunday night to claim their first major trophy since the Argentine left the San Paolo just over two decades ago.

Consequently, Maradona admitted that he derived an enormous amount of pleasure out of seeing his former club back where he believes they belong - challenging the Old Lady for major honours.

"Napoli's great victory over Juventus thrilled me as much as the days when I was playing," the World Cup winner enthused in a statement released through his lawyer Angelo Pisani.

"Their Coppa Italia triumph was decisive. When there is a trophy up for grabs, the Bianconeri must always deal with the Azzurri!

"It was like reliving the triumphs of 25 years ago. But Napoli, like me at the time, have a great advantage: the most formidable public in the world."

Maradona had hoped to attend the game in Rome but was unable to do so as he is still facing charge of tax evasion within Italy.

It was reported that his outstanding legal issues might yet be resolved for him to play some part in Napoli's Coppa celebrations, but the 51-year-old insists that his club commitments with Al Wasl are likely to get in the way.

"I would like to be present at any such celebrations but do not know if my schedule here in Abu Dhabi will allow it, and I cannot renege on my duties as a coach," the legendary No.10 added.

Maradona spent seven seasons at the San Paolo, during which time he led the club to two Scudetti, one Coppa and one Uefa Cup.

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