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Friday October 11 2019
Hamsik: Won’t rule out Napoli return

Marek Hamsik says “I won’t rule out” a return to Napoli, whom he thinks “can do anything” this season.

Hamsik left Napoli for Dalian Yifang at the turn of the year but remains the player with the most appearances and goals in the Partenopei’s history.

“It’s going well in China,” the 32-year-old told Sport Mediaset after he played alongside Milan Skriniar for Slovakia last night.

“The season ends soon. It’s already been a year and I’ve got used to things here.

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Tuesday August 20 2019
El Shaarawy wins Hamsik battle

Stephan El Shaarawy scored two lobs as Shanghai Shenhua beat Marek Hamsik’s Dalian Yifang 3-2 to reach the Chinese FA Cup Final.

Hamsik broke the deadlock to give Dalian a 14th-minute lead, glancing home a header.

However, El Shaarawy responded with a brace before half-time, lobbing the goalkeeper on both occasions.

Shenhua went on to win 3-2, and they will face Shanghai SIPG or Graziano Pelle’s Shandong Luneng in the Final.

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Sunday July 21 2019
Elmas a rough diamond for Napoli

The Partenopei won the race for Fenerbahce’s Eljif Elmas and Vilizar Yakimov believes the Macedonian teenager can flourish under Carlo Ancelotti.

It’s safe to say that Napoli’s summer mercato has somewhat gone under the radar, especially compared to Juventus’ and Inter’s big-money transfers. The Partenopei have been mainly working on their defence so far, as they already secured the signatures of Kostas Manolas and Empoli’s Giovanni Di Lorenzo, while also confirming the permanent transfers of goalkeeping duo Alex Meret and Davide Ospina.

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Monday July 15 2019
Mertens: 'Napoli need to buy'

Dries Mertens warned Napoli “have a strong squad, but if we want to win something, we need to buy in order to raise the level. I’d like to stay for many more years.”

The Belgian spoke at a Q&A from their training retreat in Dimaro, alongside Lorenzo Insigne and Kostas Manolas.

He was asked about the on-going transfer saga around Real Madrid creative midfielder James Rodriguez.

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Tuesday July 2 2019
Benitez & Hamsik back together

Rafa Benitez is reunited with former Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik after being appointed the new Coach of Dalian Yifang.

Benitez only left Newcastle United on Sunday but has already found work in China with Dalian.

Reports in England claim the 59-year-old will earn a £12m (€13.4m) salary – double what he earned at Newcastle.

The Spaniard links back up with Hamsik, the pair having worked together at Napoli between 2013 and 2015, winning a Coppa Italia and Supercoppa.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Hamsik laughs off Roma link

Marek Hamsik’s representative laughed off reports of a return to Italy for Roma. “He is absolutely happy at Dalian Yifang.”

There were some improbable suggestions in La Repubblica newspaper this morning that Roma were ready to swap Javier Pastore with Hamsik.

That would mean swinging straight back to Serie A just six months after leaving Napoli and joining one of their bitter rivals.

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Saturday June 22 2019
Roma consider Hamsik-Pastore swap

Roma could make a move to bring Napoli hero Marek Hamsik back from China and exchange him with Javier Pastore, claim La Repubblica.

According to the newspaper, Giallorossi President James Pallotta is considering offering Pastore to Chinese Super League club Dalian Yifang in exchange for the former Napoli captain.

The paper also reports that the Chinese side would be willing to pay some of the Slovakian’s €9m a year salary, as he is reportedly fed up with life in China and wants a return to Italy.

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Tuesday June 18 2019
Tactical Analysis: Sarri's Juventus

Maurizio Sarri wasn’t always a 4-3-3 tactician, as Elio Salerno goes into a deep dive on what form his new-look Juventus will take.

Now that the speculation is finally over, we can begin considering what Maurizio Sarri’s Juventus will actually look like.

It is widely recognised that the outgoing Chelsea boss favours the 4-3-3 formation. It is the system Sarri deployed whilst at Napoli and continued to use during his single season in the Premier League. Juve have regularly used the same shape under Max Allegri, so it would come as no surprise to see their new tactician maintain that set-up. However, stubborn Sarri has not always been married to that ideology.

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Tuesday April 30 2019
Hamsik admits China difficulties

Former Napoli captain Marek Hamsik has confessed that he is finding China and the language barrier difficult. “I can only use gestures.”

Hamsik only joined Dalian Yifang from Napoli in February but was dropped for Sunday’s 4-1 defeat to League leaders Beijing Guoan.

The 31-year-old has yet to score or assist in six appearances for the Chinese club, and he admits ‘I’ve not encountered a situation like this before.’

“I am not particularly satisfied with my performances,” AFP quotes him as telling CCTV.

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Monday April 29 2019
'Mertens wants to outdo Hamsik'

Dries Mertens’ father has confirmed that the forward wants to not only stay at Napoli but also ‘surpass’ Marek Hamsik.

Mertens matched Diego Maradona’s goal tally of 81 for Napoli during their 2-0 win against Frosinone on Sunday, and Herman was ‘honoured’ to see his son make history for the Partenopei.

“In Naples the fans are unhappy about the season, but the big gap with Juventus was also a burden,” he told Radio CRC.

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