Wednesday June 6 2012
Pandev: 'I'm in love with Napoli'

Goran Pandev has revealed why he took a pay cut to make his move permanent. “Other clubs wanted me, but I love Napoli.”

The striker was on loan from Inter this season and today completed the transfer worth €7.5m, accepting a wage reduction to help the deal go through.

“I thank President Aurelio De Laurentiis. Money aside, I wanted to remain here at all costs, just as my family did,” the Macedonian told Radio Marte.

“There were other clubs who wanted me, but I always had Napoli as my primary objective, as I love this side.

“I have never found such a united and strong squad, so that was the main reason. Now we’re going to have some fun, as I hope to continue doing well and winning with this club.

“The Coppa Italia victory was greeted the same way as if we’d won the Champions League. I daren’t imagine what would happen if we lifted other trophies!

“I’ve won a lot of silverware, but the Coppa Italia with Napoli was truly special and I experienced emotions I’ve never had in my life.

“Unfortunately, we threw away our qualification for the Champions League and our fans really deserved that tournament. Now we must prepare for the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.

“I can only thank Coach Walter Mazzarri, who wanted at all costs that I remain at Napoli,” continued Pandev.

“I can say with certainty that I am in love with Napoli and will end my career at the San Paolo at the age of 33. I’m happy the fans welcomed my contract renewal.”

The forward turns 29 in July.

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