Hamsik: I have no reason to leave Napoli

The Slovakian has continually been linked with some of the biggest clubs in Europe, but he insists he has no desire to end his five-year association with the Partenopei.
Marek Hamsik has ruled out the possibility of him leaving Napoli this summer, stating that he sees no reason why he should consider departing the San Paolo.

The Slovakia international was heavily linked with a move to AC Milan last year, while the Partenopei appear to have been significantly weakened by the loss of Ezequiel Lavezzi to Paris Saint-Germain earlier this month.

However, Hamsik has no intention of following in his former teammate's footsteps, insisting that he is perfectly happy at Napoli.

"There is no reason to leave," the attacking midfielder told La Repubblica. "There is an important project here, one which I feel even more central to.

"I arrived five years ago, after the promotion to Serie A, and since then there has been steady growth at Napoli. I'm happy, why change? To win more? I can do that at Napoli. Indeed, I hope that this year we will lift another trophy."

While Hamsik freely admits the absence of Lavezzi will be sorely felt by the club, he is confident the Partenopei have the strength in depth to cope with the loss of 'Pocho'.

"In attack, Napoli are just as competitive," he argued. "We have signed a great player like Pandev [who was on loan from Inter last season] and then there are two young men of great value: [Eduardo] Vargas and [Lorenzo] Insigne.

"I didn't expect Lorenzo to be so good. He will give us a big boost, even if 'Pocho' was the star of our team and we will miss him a little."

Hamsik, who scored Napoli's second goal in the team's 2-0 Coppa Italia success over Juventus in May, netted nine times in 37 appearances in Serie A last season.

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