Napoli owner, Aurelio De Laurentiis, has confirmed that manager, Gennaro Gattuso, will leave the club following their fifth-place Serie A finish on Sunday.

Gattuso’s men missed out on next season’s Champions League spot on the final day of the Serie A season over the weekend after playing a 1-1 draw against Hellas Verona at home.

“Dear Rino, I am happy to have spent almost two seasons with you. Thank you for your work and I wish you success wherever you go. A hug also to your wife and children,” De Laurentiis wrote on Twitter after the match.

The announcement confirmed long-running media speculation that Gattuso would depart Napoli when his contract expires in June.

It was followed by a tweet from Napoli’s official Twitter handle that simply said: “Thank you, boss!” alongside a picture of Gattuso.

Gattuso was appointed Napoli coach in December 2019, replacing Carlo Ancelotti.

The former AC Milan manager led Napoli to Coppa Italia glory in June 2020.

Meanwhile, Napoli will now play in the Europa League next season, while Juventus will play in the Champions League.