'He's our extra weapon' - Napoli’s Diawara relishes working under Carlo Ancelotti

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The Partenopei announced the arrival of the Italian as their new gaffer following the departure of Maurizio Sarri in May

Amadou Diawara is relishing the opportunity to work with Carlo Ancelotti next season.

Ancelotti signed a three-year deal at the Stadio San Paolo in May as a replacement for Maurizio Sarri who was named the new Chelsea boss last week.

The former Real Madrid manager has three Uefa Champions League winners medal in his cabinet and also recorded success in domestic leagues across England [Chelsea], France [PSG], Germany [Bayern Munich], Italy [AC Milan], Spain [Real Madrid].

And Diawara, looking forward to his third season in Naples, has described the 58-year-old as ‘an extra weapon’ for the club’s Scudetto chase after finishing as the second-best team last season.

“Working with a coach like Ancelotti is important, especially for a young player. He asks me to play a little deeper, to use short passes and regularly change the direction of our moves,” Diawara was quoted by Football Italia.

“Ancelotti is our extra weapon in the Scudetto race, for the team, the club and the city. We want to fight even harder than last season to achieve our dream.”

The youngster was limited to 18 league games last season, however, following the departure of Jorginho to Chelsea this summer, the Guinea international is confident of improved playing time in the upcoming campaign.

“I’ll have to adapt to the role, whereas I’ve been playing there for a long time and I know the coach likes me. I’ll give my all to earn more playing time,” he continued.

“A big club must target all competitions, so Ancelotti will drill that winning mentality into us for the Champions League too. I was born confident, I don’t feel pressure, as I still enjoy football the same way I did as a child.”

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Diawara who turned 21 on Tuesday relived the celebration with his teammates which involved a karaoke session in their training camp.

 “I am happy to celebrate another birthday with Napoli, as it’s wonderful to be part of this group,” he added.

“Having said that, singing is something I find tougher than taking a Champions League penalty in Manchester!”

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