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Napoli rubbish Gonzalo Higuain exit reports

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Napoli have taken to their official Twitter account to rubbish reports linking star-striker with a swift exit just a year after joining them from Spanish giants Real Madrid.

The Argentinian forward chose to join the Serie A side last year, after rejecting a move to Premier League outfit Arsenal, and after have a fruitful season in Italy, reports came out yesterday linking him with a shock move back to Spain and with once-rivals, FC Barcelona.

The 26-year-old, who featured for 45-minutes in yesterday's World Cup game for Argentina against Bosnia and Herzegovina, scored 17 goals in 31 games last season for Rafa Benitez's side and helped guide the club to third place in Serie A, and also Coppa Italia success after they beat Fiorentina in the final 3-1.

After much speculation last Summer, with reports suggesting Arsenal had wrapped up a deal for the Madrid-man, Napoli sneaked in last minute and stole the signing after offering the Spanish side a whopping £31million, which was a lot more than what Arsene Wenger was prepared to spend.

It has been suggested since then that Wenger gave up on Higuain after becoming interested in Liverpool striker Luis Suarez, but after failing in that pursuit, it left the Frenchman with just Olivier Giroud as a recognised stirker.

So after Napoli secured the signing of Higuain, they enjoyed a successful campaign in both domestic cups and the league, but they were unlucky to be eliminated from the Champions League in the group stages after they finish behind Arsenal and Borussia Dortmund, despite all sides having 12-points.

The Italian side were then knocked out of the Europa League by eventual-finalists Benfica.

After a successful and impressive debut campaign for Napoli, reports broke yesterday that Higuain was on the verge of completing a shock move back to La Liga with Barcelona, who are currently in the market for a striker despite having Lionel Messi and Neymar.

Barca's new boss, Luis Enrique is keen to find a new striker, and he thought that he could have wrapped up a deal for Higuain, but the club took to Twitter to deny all reports suggesting a deal was in place.

"The press reports saying Higuain could join Barcelona lack any foundation," the Tweet read.

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