“I can’t wait,” he said to La Gazzetta dello Sport when asked if he was happy to have signed for Napoli.
“It’s an fantastic place, they have extraordinary support and they’re a top club.
“I’m going there to stay.
“I could have gone in January but I chose to stay at SPAL. The club have given me a lot and I have to them them, as well as helping them survive.”
Although Petagna is keen to return to playing as soon as possible, he only wants football to make a comeback if fans are allowed into stadiums.
SPAL played Parma at the Stadio Ennio Tardini in the last set of games before the Serie A season was suspended due to COVID-19, which isn’t an experience the forward enjoyed.
“I miss football but we have to return only when everything is safe,” he explained.
“Playing behind closed doors doesn’t make sense because football is about supporters. Fans make football.
“I remember the game against Parma before the break. We were playing, we weren’t playing… yes, no.
“We were all a little scared and the game felt like a bad training session.
“I’ll repeat: I don’t like closed doors. Football needs people so it’s better to start back with everyone when it’s safe.”