Saturday October 17 2015
Kalinic: 'Napoli wanted me'

Nikola Kalinic confirms “Napoli were interested in me,” but he chose Fiorentina and can’t wait to face Gonzalo Higuain.

The two sides kick off at 14.00 UK time (13.00 GMT) on Sunday, click here for a match preview.

“In my view, Higuain is the best centre-forward in Italy right now and in Europe he’s in the top three,” Kalinic told La Nazione newspaper.

“It won’t be easy, but I hope Higuain has trouble this Sunday. My admiration remains for him, but I want to win the personal duel.

“My manager did say that Napoli were interested in me, but the negotiations with Fiorentina had already started and I couldn’t wait to sign. The Viola called my agent, he told me of this chance to play in Italy and I started pushing, because I didn’t want to miss this opportunity.”

Kalinic bagged a hat-trick in the 4-1 victory away to Inter, so can he be Fiorentina’s new Gabriel Batistuta?

“We are talking about a world class striker, so I know what he achieved and I am very proud with the comparison, but I don’t want it to be a weight on me.

“One day I hope to have become a very good striker simply because I was myself.

“Everyone who knows me says I’m a realist. I know we can fight to keep hold of the top spot in Serie A. I also know that more difficult moments will come along. This is football.”

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