Faouzi Ghoulam happy to be back for Napoli

Napoli defender Faozi Ghoulam has said he was happy to be back to playing after being out for over a year and handed the captain armband in the 4-0 demolition of Frosinone in the Serie A.

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“It’s a very important day for me, but even more important was to get the win. It wasn’t easy to approach, as we have a crucial match coming up in the Champions League,” Ghoulam told Sky Sport Italia.

“Scoring an early goal helped to open things up, then we were feeling a little tired and not quite so fluid when Adam Ounas pulled this goal out of nowhere.

“The important thing for me was the team today. Don’t forget it was also Alex Meret’s first game for Napoli and it was great for him to debut with a clean sheet. Amin Younes also had his first appearance for the club, so hopefully we’ll all be ready to play over the next few weeks.”

When Lorenzo Insigne was substituted, Ghoulam was handed the captain’s armband.

“I’ve been here a good few years, so it makes me proud to wear the captain’s armband and represent this wonderful club, city and fans. I thank the club and medical staff for sticking by me. I remember my teammates wore my jersey last year when I got hurt and I wanted to thank them.”

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