Gonzalo Higuain has spoken of his love for Naples, which all but ends any hopes perspective suitors have of signing him this month.
The Argentina international joined Napoli in a £32million transfer during the summer, at a time when Arsenal were also in hot pursuit of his signature. He has since gone on to score 13 goals in 21 appearances for the Partenopei, including the opener in a 2-0 UEFA Champions League win against the Gunners.
Unfortunately for Higuain and his employers, this wasn’t enough to secure their progress in the competition, as they finished third behind Borussia Dortmund and the Londoners despite all three finishing on level points.
Recent speculation has suggested the form of the 26-year-old could lead to his former Real Madrid coach Jose Mourinho launching a bid for his signature. The Portuguese is now in charge of Chelsea who, despite having Fernando Torres, Samuel Eto’o and Demba Ba, are badly struggling for goals.
Higuain could be the man to deliver a first league title since 2011 for the Blues, and Roman Abramovich would likely stump up the cash should the player become available. However, the striker has revealed how happy he is with life in Italy and in particular Naples, which has all but ended the speculation over his future.
“For someone like me, who loves this sport, Naples is a wonderful place,” he told Ole. “This is an incredible city where football comes first, followed by everything else. The fans live for football. Thank God they loved me straight away because the Neapolitans are very passionate and I find that enchanting.
“The Neapolitans have a special affection for Argentines. They are similar to us as well as having Diego Maradona in their hearts. In Italy, the game is more tactical, so it is harder to find space. I am sure my own game is improving by playing in Serie A. I want to help Napoli to grow and make history for this team.”