Napoli not under pressure insists Donadoni

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Napoli coach Roberto Donadoni insists that he does not feel under pressure after his side's below-par start to the new Serie A season.

Donadoni's side have lost twice in three games, but the Azzurri coach does not expect to pay the price for rising expectations in Naples.

"It would be madness to think that my position was in jeopardy after only three games," he said. "I feel liked a caged lion right now and I just want the next game to start.

"The public obviously have the right to criticise, but I'm not scared of anything. I understand the anger and I accept every consideration of the media until it becomes personal.

"I am ready to provide answers, I like the possibility to do that. I obviously have spoken to president Aurelio De Laurentiis in a calm and serene way, as is always the case."

The agent of Lazio midfielder Cristian Ledesma has claimed that the Italian club withdrew a contract offer to his client over the summer.

The 26-year-old Argentinian has not featured for the Biancocelesti this season, having seemed set to move on before the campaign got underway.

Agent Vincenzo D'Ippolito told "It's always the same with (president) Claudio Lotito.

"During the summer he and Ledesma agreed a 15million euros transfer fee if another club came in for the player.

"In the end no team came for him and Ledesma was ready to sign a contract offered to him by Lazio. However, the contract disappeared."