Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain has revealed why he chose to stay put over the summer instead of moving.
The Argentinian was heavily tipped to leave Naples following their failure to qualify for this season's Champions League.
However, he rejected the chance to leave the club and stayed put despite Rafael Benitez leaving to take over at the Bernabeu with Real Madrid.
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It was well documented that Higuain was wanted across Europe, in particular in England with Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger once again interested, but no club was willing to activate his hefty release clause.
Napoli were adamant that they wouldn't sell for anything below his clause, which stands at around £70million, but there were other reasons behind the striker staying in Italy.
Speaking to Italian news outlet Mediaset Premium, Higuain confirmed that he chose to stay with the Serie A side because he wants to help them get back into the Champions League.
Napoli had a poor campaign last season, which ultimately lead to Benitez leaving the club at the end of his contract, but unlike the manager, Higuain chose to stay.
Why He Stayed
"This is just the beginning and we still need to give our best,” Higuain told Mediaset Premium.
“I didn’t think about what happened in the past, as I am focused on the future. I stayed here to take Napoli back into the Champions League.
“Can we target the Scudetto? Obviously we have to aim high, but meanwhile Napoli deserve to be in the Champions League.
“I am happy for us and for our fans. Now we need to have a rest, because on Wednesday we’ve got Carpi.”
Higuain netted a brace for Napoli as they thrashed local-rivals Lazio 5-0 to pick up their first win of the season following a slow start.
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