Andujar heads home, leaving Napoli on a permanent basis

The Argentine leaves after a less than successful spell

Andujar heads home, leaving Napoli on a permanent basis
Andujar and Veron with the contract | Photo: estudiantesdelaplata.com

Goalkeeper Mariano Andujar has joined Estudiantes for €500,000 leaving Napoli after a largely unsuccessful spell in Naples.

The 32-year-old leaves Napoli after two years with the club and "signed a contract which ties him to the club for the next three years" says a statement posted on the Primera Division sides website.

He first arrived on Italian soil on loan to Palermo in the 2005/06 season from Huracan before spending a three year spell with Estudiantes before returning to Italy in 2009 with Catania, where he played for six years amassing over 150 appearances before joining Napoli. This is the fourth time Andujar will wear the red and white of Estudiantes having his aforementioned permanent spell alongside two loan spells while with Catania and Napoli respectively. One of said loan spells came last season and the Argentine international made 12 appearances and posted five shut-outs in the process, presumably prompting the La Plata based side to make his move permanent. The Argentine was largely a back up in his time with the partenopei and leaves with little over a dozen appearances inbetween the sticks for the San Paolo outfit.

Andujar during his time with Catania | Photo: taringa.net
Andujar during his time with Catania | Photo: taringa.net

Low profile exit

With the apparent pending exit of Gonzalo Higuain to Serie A rivals Juventus and now Kalidou Koulibaly asking to leave, Andujar's departure is nowhere near the biggest at Napoli this summer.

With 4 'keepers excluding Andujar on the books already, Napoli aren't losing much more than an experienced head and are highly unlikely to suffer as a result of letting him depart with the likes of Pepe Reina and Rafael ahead of him in the pecking order.

Andujar is the fifth player to depart the Neapolitan's following Giuseppe Palma (released), Camilo Zuniga, Mario Prezioso and Giovanni Lombardi (all loans) out of the door.