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The Napoli president insists that the striker will not leave the club this summer, despite reported interest from Barcelona, and backs him to score in Sunday's World Cup final

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has ruled out selling Gonzalo Higuain and backed the striker to score in Sunday's World Cup final.

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Argentina frontman Higuain has been linked with a move back to La Liga, with Barcelona reported to be lining up a big-money bid for the 26-year-old.

Higuain, who recently declared himself happy to stay at the Serie A club, scored 24 goals in his first season at Napoli following a move from Real Madrid and De Laurentiis has no intention of allowing him to move on.

"I'd say that Higuain is not to be taken," he told La Gazzetta dello Sport. "He's ours and we will keep him. Also because in his contract there is a release clause of €100 million [£79.5m]."

Higuain is set to line up for his country against Germany in the World Cup final at the Maracana on Sunday and De Laurentiis expects the striker to get on the scoresheet.

He added: "He's our pride, he's in the World Cup final and he will score against Germany."

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