Gonzalo Higuain says Lionel Messi couldn't convince him to join Barcelona

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Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has admitted that he discussed a potential move to FC Barcelona with star man Lionel Messi whilst the two were together at the World Cup with Argentina, but he has reassured Napoli fans that a move was never formally on the cards.

The duo helped guide Argentina all the way to the World Cup final, before they were beaten 1-0 by Germany thanks to a Mario Goetze goal in extra-time, and halfway throughout the tournament, it was revealed that Messi had asked Higuain to join him in Spain with Barca.

Messi was desperate

According to numerous reports, Messi was desperate for his counterpart to complete a move back to La Liga, and he had even told Barca to make a formal bid to Napoli for his services, despite the striker formally playing for fierce-rivals Real Madrid.

Despite Messi wanting the transfer to take place, Higuain revealed that nothing was ever formally on the cards, and even the winger persuading him to join him was never enough for him to make the move back to Spain.

Nothing to comment about

Quoted in The Daily Mail, he said: "Did I want to go to Barcelona? I always told the truth and that is that I wanted to think only of the World Cup and then I would return to Napoli.

"So I kept quiet and I had nothing to fear, because there was nothing to comment about.

"Messi said certain things and I can only be flattered by them. I believe that every player would love to play alongside a great champion like him, but that does not mean that I ever wanted to leave."

Messi to Napoli

Higuain then joked: "But if Messi came to Napoli, that would be great."

The 26-year-old striker joined Rafael Benitez's side last Summer for just over £30 million, and the Argentine enjoyed a fruitful debut campaign in Italy, scoring 17 goals in 31 appearances.

Whilst at Real Madrid, Higuain was strongly linked with an exit, but it was expected to be to Premier League side Arsenal, who were in pole position to land the frontman as they were in dire needs of a striker.

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However, after stalling on the deal due to wanting Liverpool's Luis Suarez, Benitez pounced and help talks with Higuain's representatives and they managed to wrap up the deal fairly quickly, much to the annoyance of Arsenal fans, who were made to believe a deal was already in place.

Any potential Higuain move to Barca was completely ruled out once the Spanish giants spent £75m on signing Suarez earlier this Summer, despite his hefty footballing ban for biting during the World Cup.

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