Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo Torres has refused to rule out a January move for Sime Vrsaljko to Napoli.
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo Torres has refused to rule out a January move for Sime Vrsaljko to Napoli, but has insisted that they have yet to hear from the Italian club.
Vrsaljko joined Los Rojiblancos last summer from Italian side Sassuolo on a five-year deal, making 24 appearances for the club last season. However, he has only managed five appearances so far this campaign for the club.
The Croatian international now looks like he could be set for a return to Italian football after just over a year in Spain, with Serie A league leaders Napoli reportedly interested in the right back.
According to reports earlier in the week, Vrsaljko has already agreed to join Napoli, with the Serie A leaders set to offer the player a five-year deal, but negotiations between the clubs have yet to take place.
Atletico Madrid President Enrique Cerezo Torres has now hinted that Vrsaljko could move in January but that he has not heard from Napoli about the player yet.
Speaking to Radio Kiss Kiss Napoli, via Football Italia, he said: "As of today, I haven't heard from Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis for Vrsaljko. I can say that we have faith in the player, as well as a lengthy contract.
"I won't rule out that Napoli could make an approach for the January transfer market. Obviously, what the player wants will make the difference, but at the moment Vrsaljko is concentrated on his season with Atletico Madrid.
"In January we'll talk and see what might happen."
Atletico Madrid will play rival's Real Madrid this Saturday in La Liga, a game which Vrsaljko will perhaps be hoping to be a part of, as Los Rojiblancos will hope to win to keep the pressure on league leaders Barcelona.