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Higuain will leave Napoli in 2018...or earlier

Transfer News: Gonzalo Higuain will not sign contract extension with Napoli

June 29, 2016 By Oscar Rojas
The Argentine international, who has been linked with a move away from Stadio San Paolo all summer, refused to add three years to his current contract with the Serie A runners up.

Three days after losing yet another final with La Albiceleste, Gonzalo Higuaín has revealed his future will not be linked forever to Napoli.

The former Real Madrid striker, who broke the single-season goal scoring record in the Italian top flight, confirmed via his agent/brother that he won't sign a contract extension with the Partenopei, thus ending his stint with Napoli in 2018.

Higuaín has been linked with a move back to La Liga, with Atlético Madrid being his new team. Today's announcement adds fuel to those rumors, as his brother feels that "Pipita" needs a bigger challenge than the Serie A.

"We arrived with the hope of Champions League football, to be Italian champions and to grow. It is your right to request the termination clause, but we opt for the path not to renew the contract and be free in 2018," Nicolás Higuaín revealed in an interview with Radio Continental.

Higuaín scored 36 goals for Napoli in 35 matches, setting a new Serie A record for most goals in a single season.

The player's agent even revealed some events away from the pitch that caused him to think about leaving the team during the course of the season. One of those incidents involved the player's mother and some fans.

"Following a 2-0 loss against Lazio, we had a violent incident with some supporters, who broke our car's windows even though our mother was riding with us. You might think that the club contacted us to see if we were OK, but that never happened. That situation made us feel we were being overlooked," Nicolás Higuaín added.

Before the interview ended, Higuaín added that Napoli's approach has changed since they signed their initial deal, forcing them to look for other options once the contract comes to an end.

"When we first arrived, the team's execs talked about challenging Juventus' dominance. Now, they are talking about signing young players and look into the future. We believe that's not a suitable approach in order to dethrone Juventus, and we believe that that sort of project is below Gonzalo's standards," his brother concluded.

Higuain's buyout clause with Napoli stands at 94 million euros, which may scare off some teams hopeful to sign him. 

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