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Abu Dhabi, UAESunday 16 December 2018

Ancelotti, Kluivert and five men to watch during the 2018/19 Serie A season

Ronaldo may be claiming most of the headlines, but these figures are sure to have big impacts at their respective clubs

Carlo Ancelotti has taken charge at Napoli and will be aiming to add to his numerous titles and trophies. Reuters
Carlo Ancelotti has taken charge at Napoli and will be aiming to add to his numerous titles and trophies. Reuters

Radja Nainggolan - Inter Milan

Snubbed by Belgium for their World Cup plans, Nainggolan, who has joined Inter from Roma, has points to make. But then the high-energy midfielder always plays like a man on a mission.

Leo Bonucci - Juventus

Last summer, Bonucci, the accomplished central defender, joined AC Milan from Juventus. Now he’s gone back, apparently ready to mend a fractured relationship with Juve manager Max Allegri.

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Justin Kluivert - Roma

Twenty-one summers after his father, Patrick, moved to Serie A and AC Milan, Justin, a winger, has left Ajax for Roma. He’s only 19 but the Netherlands international has pace, poise and potential.

Carlo Ancelotti - Napoli

Three Uefa Champions Leagues, plus league titles from Italy, England, France and Germany, Ancelotti is the Ronaldo of coaching. After nine years away from Italy, the sage is back, with Napoli.

Kevin-Prince Boateng - Sassuolo

Sassuolo, expecting a battle to stay safe in Serie A, have become the 10th club of the maverick Boateng’s much-travelled, often controversial and occasionally brilliant career. Expect fireworks.