Napoli have officially confirmed Marek Hamsik’s transfer to Dalian Yifang for a reported €20m.
His move was announced in a statement on Napoli’s official website, which thanked Hamsik for his service to the club.
“Napoli hug Marek Hamsik and thank him for these 12 wonderful years spent together, characterised by great dedication and a deep feeling of belonging to the Napoli shirt,” it read.
“Marek has been able to give a crucial and commendable contribution in both a human and sporting sense, making his mark and emerging as a symbol of the De Laurentiis era.
“Hamsik broke Napoli’s all-time goalscoring record, surpassing Maradona with 121 goals, and is the leader in the ranking of Napoli appearances with 520 games played.
“During his militancy in ‘azzurro’, he won two Coppa Italia - scoring a memorable goal in the Final against Juventus - and a Supercoppa.
“A captain, an example, a footballer and a man who Napoli will love forever, and who will forever remain in our history.
“Marek is preparing to start a new adventure in China, for which the club wish him all the best and a lot of satisfaction, both morally and sportingly.”
The midfielder, 31, joined Napoli in the summer of 2007 from Brescia and succeeded Paolo Cannavaro as captain seven years later.
He made 520 official appearances for the southerners, scoring 121 goals and providing 111 assists.