Napoli confirm Aston Villa transfer decision after nightmare outcome

Leander Dendoncker only made three Serie A appearances
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Napoli have confirmed they have not taken up their option to sign Leander Dendoncker permanently after his loan spell from Aston Villa.

Dendoncker signed for the Serie A club on loan at the end of January and there was an option for them to purchase the midfielder for around £8m. Shortly after the Belgian arrived in Italy, Walter Mazzarri was sacked as manager and replaced by Francesco Calzona.

The 29-year-old was also left out of their Champions League squad for the knockout stages and made a total of three appearances, totalling 21 minutes. He didn't feature in any of Napoli's final 12 league games of the season.

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Before joining Napoli, Dendoncker only started one Premier League last season when Boubacar Kamara was serving a suspension and featured another seven times off the bench towards the end of league games.

Dendoncker had made 14 appearances under Emery in 2022/23 and started five times as the club managed to return to Europe with a seventh-placed finish.

He joined Villa in the summer of 2022 from Wolverhampton Wanderers in a deal worth £13 million, but after less than two years at Villa Park, he appears to have played his last game for the club.

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