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Who’s the Partenopei’s mystery £11m arrival? Look under the mask...
A movie producer like Aurelio De Laurentiis has seen the famous MGM lion roar before countless films. So the stunt the Napoli chairman pulled at the unveiling of Gokhan Inler shouldn’t really have come as a surprise. With word getting out that Inler was in Naples to sign from Udinese, De Laurentiis tried to call the bluff of fans who had phoned a local paper to say they had seen the Swiss midfielder.
Ever the showman, De Laurentiis entered a packed press conference alongside a tall, lean figure dressed in a replica home shirt with a lion mask covering his features. “I had to send Inler back to Udine because he didn’t sign the papers,” he told the reporters. The mystery big cat growled.
Then came the big reveal as the mask was pulled back in true Scooby-Doo fashion. And, in true Scooby-Doo fashion, it was who everyone thought it was all along – Inler himself.
“He was quite embarrassed,” said Inler’s agent Dino Lamberti. And it got worse for the new arrival: the next day, defender Salvatore
Aronica welcomed him at training wearing a gorilla mask. Poor old Inler must be wondering what he’s let himself in for.
Spain Sevilla showed their support to Spanish cucumber farmers blamed for an outbreak of E.coli in Germany, wearing ‘I ♥ Cucumbers’ on their shirt sleeves in a friendly
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