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Lorenzo Insigne will ask to leave Napoli after talks of new deal - agent

Lorenzo Insigne's agent says the midfielder will ask to leave Napoli after rejecting a new deal from the only club he has ever known.

In April, agent Fabio Andreotti had said Insigne could be like the "Francesco Totti of Napoli," referring to Roma's famously one-club man, but he has now reversed course following the collapse of talks over a new deal.

"In our last meeting, we didn't like some of the answers that the club gave us," Andreotti told Radio CRC. "Lorenzo made a decision with his heart, but a player's professional life doesn't last forever, and when other clubs are willing to reward you financially, then you've got to get onto the market.

"With a heavy heart, I must say that there are clubs that are considering us. Napoli don't want to let him go, but the contract they're offering does not satisfy us, we have better offers.

According to La Gazetta della Sport, the parties were discussing a new five-year deal that would have tied Insigne to Napoli until 2021. However, the club was only reportedly offering wages of €2.5 million a year, while Andreotti was insistent on €3.5m.

And Andreotti said interest has come in from top clubs to lure away Insigne's services.

"Three among the richest clubs in Europe want Lorenzo, and [sporting director Cristiano] Giuntoli has known this for a long time," Andreotti said.

"Napoli turned them down and we were happy about that, but then we didn't like some of the things they told us. His heart is in Naples, but the professional understands now that his path with Napoli could come to an end, considering what his situation is like with the club.

Andreotti said the Insigne was not pleased with the situation as he would prefer to stay with Napoli.

In the past, Lorenzo thought only about the good of Napoli, but if there isn't an adequate project then we must ask them for permission to take our leave," the agent said.

"Napoli have the final word, and they have every right to do what they like. But they must remember that players are not robots, but also men. Lorenzo is extremely unhappy about this, because he sees his future in Napoli."