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Real – Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession

Real - Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession 2
Real - Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession 2

* The Real Madrid – Napoli match takes place at 2:45 a.m. on Thursday, February 16, Hanoi time.

Last Friday, a strange thing happened in Italian football: Napoli played without Jose Callejon.

Callejon has been the embodiment of Napoli’s tenacity and resilience over the past four years.

`Jose is Napoli’s most important signing from 2013 until now in terms of tactics,` Claudio Russo, a writer for Calcionapoli24┬ácommented.

Callejon brought to Napoli the quality that once made him so beloved by Madridistas: his tenacity to fight.

Real - Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession

Real – Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession

That dedicated attitude has followed Callejon since he was a boy, playing alongside his twin brother Juanmi at hometown club Motril in Andalucia.

In 2002, Callejon’s father – a crazy fan of Real – brought his two sons to knock on the door of Castilla Academy.

Real - Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession

Callejon was favored by Mourinho and given the opportunity to play for Real Madrid’s first team.

Jose was luckier, finding a place at Espanyol under Mauricio Pochettino and being noticed by Jose Mourinho for his diligence on the right wing.

Coach Jose saw the talent of player Jose.

Real - Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession

Callejon’s goals for Real Madrid

That was when he tried to maintain another dream: playing football.

In the summer of 2013, Napoli tifosi were fascinated by Higuain’s transfer.

Real - Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession

Despite being mistreated at Real Madrid, Callejon and Higuain shined brightly after moving to Napoli.

But then Callejon did what Benitez said.

But very quickly, those doubts disappeared.

Without Higuain, Callejon’s role becomes even more important.

It was only after a year of playing football in Spain that Callejon was called up to the national team and became the first player born in Motril to have that honor.

Real - Napoli: Callejon and his old obsession

Callejon today has a chance to take revenge on Real, what Morata, Eto’o, Morientes… did.

Today, the exiled hero will meet again the team that was his dream during his youth.

Real probably never felt sorry for losing Callejon, but like many other former Real players who were spurned, he really wanted his old team to suffer once.

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