Gonzalo Higuain will not leave Napoli according to club president
Last Updated: 15/07/15 4:33pm
Gonzalo Higuain will not be leaving Napoli this summer, according to club president Aurelio De Laurentiis.
The Argentina striker has been linked for several years with a move to the Premier League, with Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United reportedly among his suitors.
But the former Real Madrid star has three years left on his contract with Napoli who have reiterated they have no intention of letting him leave.
"There is absolutely no chance that Higuain will leave," De Laurentiis told Italian TV station Mediaset. "Gonzalo is a Napoli player.
"I have made his (release) clause clear in order to stop the constant speculation that appears in the press.
"There is a precise clause."
There is absolutely no chance that Higuain will leave.
Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis
Napoli paid Real Madrid £28.2m to sign Higuain in the summer of 2013 and potential suitors would have to splash out £66.8m - Higuain's release clause - to acquire the player.
Higuain has been Napoli's top scorer in the past two seasons, scoring 18 goals and setting up seven more in 37 Serie A appearances during the 2014-15 campaign.
He is on holiday after helping Argentina to the Copa America final earlier this month but is expected to join Napoli next week to begin work under new coach Maurizio Sarri.
"Higuain played in the Copa America; he has the right to a certain number of days off," De Laurentiis said.
Napoli finished fifth in Serie A and will play in the Europa League next season.