Benitez: Michu will need time

Napoli manager Rafael Benitez believes forward Michu will take time to adjust to the Serie A following his loan switch from Swansea City.

The versatile Spanish attacker joined the Partenopei on a season-long deal earlier this month with a view to a permanent move and has joined up with his new team-mates at their pre-season training camp in Trentino.

Michu was a standout performer for the Swans during his debut campaign in England, netting 18 league goals during the season. However, he was plagued by injury last term, managing only 17 appearances.

Benitez has high hopes for the former Rayo Vallecano man but believes he could take some time to adjust to both the Napoli system and the rest of the squad.

“He played in midfield for Rayo [Vallecano] and has scored many goals in many positions,” the former Liverpool manager told Sportal.

“At Swansea he played as a second striker and as the front man.

“He needs to get know his team-mates and our type of game, but I have no doubts about him because he is smart.

“He is very attentive, listens and has surprised me positively. He has learnt Italian and his acclimatisation will be faster.

“The squad is strong and can be stronger if [Juan Camilo] Zuniga, [Giandomenico] Mesto, [Christian] Maggio and [Marek] Hamsik are at their level that was missing last year.”

post by Funsho Fagbure