Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has admitted to being flattered regarding the interest of Spanish giants FC Barcelona, and stated that he would be honoured to play alongside his countryman Lionel Messi.
The two are currently out in Brazil competing for Argentina in the World Cup, and the duo got off to a winning start last night thanks to a 2-1 victory over debutants Bosnia and Herzegovina, with Messi bagging the eventual winner.
The reports broke yesterday that Barca were interested in signing the former-Real Madrid man, and some in Spain even suggested the deal is on the verge of completion. However, Napoli rejected speculation by releasing a tweet on their official Twitter account.
A spokesperson for the club confirmed that no deal was in place for the Argentine to go back to Spain, but the reports have got Higuain's interest up as he revealed in a recent interview that he would be honoured to play at the Nou Camp, despite his Bernabeu past.
Higuain signed for the Italian side last season after being told by Real Madrid that he wouldn't be a first-team starter, and after agreeing a £31million deal, he completed his move to Rafael Benitez's side, and after a decent debut season, he helped guide Napoli to a third-placed finish in Serie A and also Coppa Italia success after beating Fiorentina in the final.
However, new Barcelona manager Luis Enrique is reportedly interested in bringing the 26-year-old back to La Liga as he eyes reconstruction to the team that fell behind Atletico Madrid in the race for the title last season.
When questioned about the reports linking him to Barca, Higuain admitted that he would be honoured, but he also reiterated that his main focus is currently on the World Cup.
"Of course. I enjoy playing alongside him for the national team," he was quoted by Sky Sports. "Obviously it would be an enormous pleasure, but for now I'm focused on the World Cup.
"I'm flattered by the interest from Barca. Any player would be."
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