Saturday February 2 2019
Ancelotti: 'Hamsik wants China transfer'

Carlo Ancelotti confirmed Marek Hamsik “is in negotiations and wants to have another experience” in China, so Napoli are “inclined to give him” that option.

The 31-year-old midfielder and captain had already been close to a transfer over the summer, but remained at the Stadio San Paolo.

According to reports, he could sign a contract over the next 48 hours with Dalian Yifang and not original targets Guangzhou Evergrande.

Sportitalia claim they are offering €25m to buy the Slovakia international.

“There are negotiations on-going, we have to evaluate along with the player,” confirmed Ancelotti on Sky Sport Italia after the 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

“The club has huge respect for this player, as he wrote history with Napoli, but if he wants to have another experience, we tend to want to make him happy.

“There are talks. We are not hiding anything. As far as I and the club are concerned, if the player wants to try this new experience, we are inclined to give him what he wants.”

Hamsik has been at Napoli since July 2007 and holds the all-time club record of appearances for the Partenopei, as tonight was his 520th and presumably final game with 121 goals.

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