Saturday February 2 2019
Insigne: 'It's Hamsik's decision'

Lorenzo Insigne explained his Carlo Ancelotti hug after Napoli beat Sampdoria, but wouldn’t rule out a Marek Hamsik exit. “It’s his decision.”

The Italy international scored in this 3-0 victory, his first competitive goal since November 6.

“I was a little down, as I hadn’t been able to score for a long time and didn’t help the team enough. I’m happy to have broken that drought and hope to get many more so I can help Napoli achieve our objectives.

“I usually start the season quite slowly, so it was unusual this time around, and then I had a dip in form later on,” Insigne told Sky Sport Italia.

“Sampdoria play good football, have a Coach who asks them to play the ball to feet the way we do. It was difficult, but we put in a great performance and the team deserves credit.”

Insigne ran over to hug Ancelotti after the goal, his first since early November, then embraced Fabio Quagliarella at the final whistle, whose record run of 11 rounds in a row on target was ended today.

“I have a great rapport with the Coach, he always showed faith in me and I tried to repay him for that. He told me I’d score today, so that’s why I went over to hug him.

“I hugged Fabio, as he’s a great forward and for once he didn’t score against Napoli! I wished him all the best to continue scoring from next week.”

Hamsik was given a standing ovation when substituted, as rumours continue to swirl that the captain could walk away for a club in China this month.

“As well as a champion on the field, Marek is a champion off it and a symbol for this team. He has been here for 12 years and it’s only right the fans show their love,” added Insigne.

“Whether he goes to China or not is his decision. I would hope he’d stay here for many years to come, but he has to choose what is best for him.”

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