Gonzalo Higuain has quashed rumours of a big money move to Barcelona by insisting he will remain at Napoli and will resist temptation to link up with international team-mate Lionel Messi, as reported by Sky Sports.
It was reported that the former Real Madrid striker had a agreed terms to join the Catalan giants after spending just one season with Napoli.
The speculation gathered pace after he he told the media: "Of course I would. I enjoy playing alongside him for the national team. Obviously it would be a great pleasure, but for now my mind is on the World Cup," suggesting that he was ready to join the likes of Ronaldo, Luis Figo and new Barcelona coach Luis Enrique as a player that has represented both of the Spanish giants.
Staying in Italy
However Higuain has finally signalled his intent to remain in Napoli, the club he joined from Real Madrid for €40 million last summer, after he was surplus to requirements under new coach Carlo Ancelotti following the arrival of Gareth Bale.
The 26-year-old told www.tuttomercatoweb.com: "I am really grateful to Leo (Messi) for his kind words but I have a contract with Napoli that makes me very happy.
"The Partenopei club (Napoli) has always treated me very well since I arrived there."
During his first season in Italy, he found the back of the net on 17 occasions in the League, helping his new team to third in Serie A and Champions League football.
His comments will come as a huge relief to manager Rafa Benitez and Napoli President, Aurelio de Laurentiis, who has a reputation of being a tough negotiator and was prepared to dig in and keep hold of his star striker.
Higuain is currently on duty with his country and looks set to start in tonight's crucial semi-final clash against the Netherlands.