​Napoli have threatened legal action against their own players following their violation of the ritiro imposed on them by president Aurelio De Laurentiis. After a summer of big spending, the Naples outfit have been subpar this season as they find themselves placed seventh in the league table with just 18 points from 11 games.

As a result of their poor form, De Laurentiis had ordered them into ritiro, which is a practice where the players are confined to their own training ground instead of going back home after a day’s work, for a week, ​much to the chagrin of Ancelotti

Following the 1-1 draw against RB Salzburg, however, the players opted to go back home instead of returning to the club’s Castel Volturno training complex. This might have irked De Laurentiis as the club have released a statement threatening legal action against the players while also stating that the responsibility of players’ violation lies on the shoulder of Carlo Ancelotti.

"The club announces that, with reference to the behaviour of the players yesterday, Tuesday November 5 2019, it will proceed to protect its rights on an economic, capital, image and disciplinary levels in every competent jurisdiction,” the statement read, as per AS.

"It is also made clear that the responsibility to decide on ordering days in a training retreat lies with coach Carlo Ancelotti. A press silence has been ordered from now until a date yet to be decided."