Gonzalo Higuain is happy at Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain (©GettyImages)

Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has confirmed that he is happy to stay at Napoli, despite reported interest from FC Barcelona, Chelsea and Arsenal.

The Daily Mail reports how the Argentinian striker joined the Serie A side last summer after being sold by Real Madrid, but after an impressive season in Italy, he has caught the eye of three major European sides, who were reportedly planning on making a bid for him.

Higuain, who was very close to signing for Arsenal last year, eventually ended up at Napoli after The Gunners bailed on the transfer at the last minute so that they could focus on signing Luis Suarez from Liverpool instead, but when they lost out on the Uruguayan, they also lost out on Higuain, who was snapped up by Rafael Benitez.

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The 26-year-old cost Napoli £34.5 million last year and re-paid the club with 17 goals in his debut season, which helped them finish third in the league, behind only Juventus and AS Roma.

Higuain signed a five-year deal at the club, so still has four years left in Naples, and in a recent interview, he has admitted that he's delighted to have a long-term deal at the club, and he has put to bed all rumours linking him with a move away.

The first set of stories came after Higuain's international team-mate Lionel Messi revealed that he would love to have the striker at the Nou Camp with him, but despite being flattered by his countryman's comments, Higuain confirmed that no move will be taking place this summer.

Higuain quotes

He said to 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."

The Argentine has become a fan favourite at the San Paolo stadium, and the news that he will be staying will certainly delight the fans as they look to push on next season and once again challenge for the Serie A title.

As well as keeping hold of Higuain, Benitez is close to securing the signing of Swansea City striker Michu.

The Spaniard, who had a superb debut season last season, had an injury-hit campaign this time around, and after the Welsh side side Bafétimbi Gomis, it could see Michu depart the club just two years after joining.

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