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Luigi Sepe signs new Napoli contract

The young goalkeeper enjoying a terrific loan spell at Empoli has tied his future to his home club until 2019.

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A face slightly familiar to many but not really seen much around Naples lately was at the Castel Volturno earlier today, as Luigi Sepe came by Napoli's training facility. The young Italian goalkeeper has been enjoying a tremendous season with Empoli on loan, but some Napoli fans have been concerned: Sepe's contract ends soon and with his quality and the new Serie A roster rules requiring a minimum number of players trained in Italy, other clubs would line up around the block to get their hands on him.

Fortunately, you need not worry any longer:

La #SSCNapoli ufficializza il rinnovo del contratto di Luigi #Sepe fino al 30 giugno 2019

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Turns out the 23 year old goalkeeper was in town not just to touch base with the club he grew up with, but to sign a new contract that takes him to the end of the 2018/19 season. Wages were not disclosed, but they're likely very minor.

Sepe has started 21 league matches for Empoli this season, allowing just 17 goals and keeping nine clean sheets. Getting him back in the fold next season and keeping him around long-term is a fantastic step for the club, giving them, at worst, a very good backup goalkeeper who counts as club-trained for UEFA competition purposes, which is never a bad thing to have.