Thursday April 3 2014
Higuain: 'Why I chose Napoli'

Gonzalo Higuain explained why he opted to join Napoli rather than Arsenal or Juventus. “They wanted to build a winning team.”

The striker left Real Madrid and sparked a bidding war throughout Europe until he eventually signed for the Partenopei.

“When a man like Aurelio De Laurentiis spends that much money to have you, you can’t help but be grateful,” Pipita told In Casa Napoli.

“I thank Real Madrid, where I spent seven years and learned so much from players like Van Nistelrooy, Raul and Cristiano Ronaldo, but last summer I realised it was time for a change of scenery.

“I chose Napoli because this city is fantastic for anyone who plays football. Did Juve want me? When I heard that I was going to leave Spain, I was linked with many sides including Juve, but I chose Napoli and they wanted to build a winning team.”

Yet Napoli are 17 points adrift of Serie A leaders Juventus and crashed out of the Europa League.

“The construction of a great side requires time and hard work. Against opponents of the calibre of Juventus, Borussia Dortmund or Arsenal, Napoli always put in great performances.

“In the League we dropped too many points against smaller clubs. It is an issue of concentration, experience and winning mentality that is earned over time.

“Juventus and Roma are protagonists of a fantastic season, but our campaign has also been very positive. Don’t forget Napoli changed Coach, many players and the tactical system. Now we are third in Serie A and in May we’ll play Fiorentina in the Coppa Italia Final.

“We are truly a family in this squad and the atmosphere is fantastic. I am not the Italy Coach, but if Lorenzo Insigne went to the World Cup it’d be wonderful for him and for Napoli.”

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