Wednesday September 11 2013
Benitez: 'Bale €100m, Hamsik priceless'

Napoli Coach Rafa Benitez says if Gareth Bale is worth €100m, “then Marek Hamsik is priceless.”

This is not the first time the former Chelsea and Liverpool tactician has praised Hamsik, as he also declared the Slovak was “more tactically intelligent” than Steven Gerrard.

“Is Bale worth the €100m Real Madrid paid for him? In this market if you say an outlandish figure then a club comes along and pays it,” Benitez told SportMediaset.

“In that case, I say Hamsik is priceless and is not for sale, because we do not want to lose him.

“When Edinson Cavani was sold, I handed over a list with five potential replacements and Gonzalo Higuain was among them.”

The Spaniard also revealed an Italian influence on his management career.

“I always tried to cherry-pick the best from everyone I worked with, but if I have to talk about inspiration then I say Arrigo Sacchi.

“When I was at the Real Madrid youth academy, his attacking style of play set the example for me.”

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