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Khvicha Kvaratskhelia the Georgian nugget nicknamed “Zizì” who is already setting Napoli on fire

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Formed in Naples where he played 487 matches for 132 goals and 96 offerings in 11 seasons, Lorenzo Insigne decided to offer himself a new challenge in Canada at 31 by signing for Toronto in Major League Soccer. A strong choice on the part of the left winger of the Neapolitans who risks leaving a big void. However, let the Partenopei be reassured, the leaders have taken the lead by offering themselves the Georgian nugget Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. Aged 21, the one who has been in the sights of Juventus, AC Milan, Bayern Munich, Leeds United and Tottenham arrived from the Georgian club Dinamo Batumi after having shone in Russia on the last seasons.

Explosion at the Rubin Kazan then departure for Italy

Trained in his country at Dinamo Tbilisi then moved to FK Rustavi, it is at Lokomotiv Moscow that he will reveal himself a little more. On loan, he played 10 matches (1 goal) and won the 2018/2019 Russian Cup. So still very young, he broke his contract with Rustavi and signed up at 18 with Rubin Kazan. With the Tatarstan team, he will prove to be one of the best players in the Russian championship. An excellent dribbler, formidable passer and capable of having a good finish, he carried his team for three seasons (73 matches, 9 goals and 10 offerings) before finally breaking his contract last March following the invasion of Ukraine by Russia.

Returning to the country at Dinamo Batumi while Rubin Kazan sank in his absence to end up relegated to Russian D2, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia was not idle before finding a base in a major European championship. In eleven matches, he scored 8 goals for 2 assists to take his team to the top of the Georgian championship. Sensing the right pick and needing to find a left winger capable of replacing Lorenzo Insigne, Napoli jumped at the opportunity and won his services for the next 5 seasons for 10 million euros. A strong choice from the Italian club which has identified a very visual profile with great explosive and dribbling qualities.

Napoli discover “Zizì”

This is how Willy Sagnol’s protege in selection – of which he is the star with already 8 goals in 17 caps – took the plunge. Unknown outside of Russia, the one whose first and last name earn exactly 192 Scrabble points if they are positioned in “triple account” was a small sensation at the start of the Neapolitan preseason. Disturbed by the length of the name of his new nugget, the president of the Partenopei Aurelio De Laurentiis was radical enough to find him a nickname: “I will call him Zizì.” Also referred to as Kvara in connection with the first five letters of his last name, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia is going to be revealing this season.

Great potential that requires confirmation of his talent at the highest level, he arrived full of ambition in Campania: “Being in Naples is a great boost, I’m in a great team and I’m here to play and give my all. I received many offers, but when the Napoli one arrived I decided immediately I didn’t think twice. I feel like I made the right decision. I will do my best to win whatever is possible.” Already learning Italian for a few weeks, he quickly fell under the spell of the Parthenopean city: “When I arrived they told me that the city is beautiful. In fact, I have never seen such a beautiful city and they tell me that the fans are so great.”

The Khvicha Kvaratskhelia phenomenon is already invading Naples

A big fan of Cristiano Ronaldo, he also took the number 77 in tribute to the Portuguese: “I am inspired by him. Number 7 is my favorite, but there was only 77 left. That gives me double luck.” And for now, the least we can say is that the acclimatization is going smoothly. Already appeared in two warm-up matches, he started with a brace against Anaune’s fans in a 10-0 win. Then against Perugia (4-1) who is a resident of Serie B, he scored a nice goal following an excellent movement with Victor Osimhen.

3 goals and 1 offer in 2 warm-up matches is a good start for Khvicha Kvaratskhelia. The famous newspaper with pink pages, Gazzetta dello Sport did not fail to highlight its interesting beginnings: “there is this Kvaratskhelia that master Luciano loves very much. and devotes more and more time to him asking him for different movements and attitudes.” Estimated by Luciano Spalletti who pushed for his arrival, Khvicha Kvaratskhelia intends to mark the next season of Serie A with his talent. The Neapolitans are just waiting to dream.


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