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Rafa plays down Luiz, Mata and Mascherano links

By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Napoli coach Rafael Benitez has mentioned he believes his aspect want reinforcing – but ruled out the potential of Juan Mata, David Luiz or Javier Mascherano arriving.

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The club has focused a return to the Champions League next season, but Benitez – who gained final season's Europa League as the interim Chelsea supervisor – stated it was vital to strategy the window realistically.

"The January transfer window is difficult," he advised a information convention. "For example, it's not simple to seek out players who are higher than [Federico] Fernandez and [Miguel] Britos. It's unthinkable that Chelsea, who need to win the Premier League and the Champions League, would deprive themselves of David Luiz or Mata.

"The same goes for Mascherano, who is not going to be leaving Barcelona. We need to buy large gamers who slot in properly with our type. We're making quite a lot of moves, putting in our bids, however they don't seem to be at all times accepted."

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis had hinted that a participant with whom the membership had been negotiating for several months might be offered on Monday prior to their Serie A game with Sampdoria. But no announcement was made prior to the Stadio San Paolo fixture.

Napoli are close to agreeing a charge with Olympique Lyonnais for Maxime Gonalons, however face competitors from Roma for Radja Nainggolan – the participant who had been expected to be that new arrival.

Bayern Munich, who had additionally been linked with a transfer for Luiz, have also mentioned they won't be bidding for the Brazil international.

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