Edinson Cavani wants to stay to beat Diego Maradona record

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Edinson Cavani has outlined his ambition to stay with Napoli to surpass Diego Maradona's goalscoring record with the Italian outfit, despite reported interest in his signature from Chelsea.

Cavani was frequently linked with a move to Chelsea in the summer transfer window following the departure of Didier Drogba, but the Stamford Bridge club were unable to secure a deal.

Napoli have since moved to tie Cavani down to an extended contract, but this is unlikely to deter Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich should the Blues decide to formalise their interest in the Uruguayan.

Cavani impressed last season in the Champions League against Chelsea - scoring once and providing two assists in their last 16 tie - although the Stamford Bridge club overcame the deficit and went on to win the competition.

The 25-year-old, for his part, has been keen to outline his commitment to Napoli, but is surely unlikely to reject the chance to join Chelsea, should the opportunity present itself.

But, for the time being, Cavani is content with life in Naples and has targeted beating Argentina legend Maradona's 115 goal haul for the club.

"Maradona's goalscoring record? I am slowly closing the gap. I can reach his tally," Napoli told La Gazzetta dello Sport after scoring four times on Thursday evening.

"It is always a good feeling to score, especially when you're a striker. Napoli are not Cavani-dependant, though. I scored four goals, but my team-mates gave me some great assists."

Cavani needs 36 more goals to equal Maradona, having scored a sensational 79 goals in 108 games since joining Napoli from Palermo in 2010.

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