As happens with seemingly every transfer season, rumors of an imminent exit are surrounding Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik. Big clubs seem to be forever interesting in the Slovakian, but both he and Napoli have resisted overtures in the past. That doesn't seem to be changing this month, even if a dip in Hamsik's form has allowed some fans to entertain the idea.
"Even the rocks know I am happy at Napoli!" Hamsik told the press over the weekend, laughing off rumors that he wants out of Napoli.
"We’ve won three trophies in two years, something Napoli hadn't managed for decades. When my current contract expires, I will be 31 years old. My head is here and not elsewhere. I think it would be wonderful to win the Scudetto with Napoli, but it’s also great to keep lifting other trophies here and we’re in the running for the Europa League.
"I have little more to add to what I’ve already said: I am happy here and think I’ve said it so many times that even the rocks know I am happy at Napoli! So until 2018 I am focused on Napoli and nothing else."
“My immediate plans are to qualify for the Champions League, score 100 goals for the Partenopei and finally to quit football only after winning the Scudetto with the Napoli jersey.”
It's been clear for a long, long time that Hamsik dearly loves Naples and wants to bring as much success to Napoli as he possibly can. He's already done a lot of that since he joined the team in 2007, and at 27 years old Hamsik is still in the prime of his career and capable of leading the club to further glory for several years to come.
Hamsik did speak of wanting to eventually return to Slovakia as a coach, but made it sound like that's quite a ways off. He's still got quite a fair bit of career ahead of him, and as long as he can put his more-rough-than-desired 2014 behind him, there's no reason to think that he can't be a big, big part of helping lead Napoli to a new era of success.
Marek Hamsik is the leader and icon of this Napoli side. He's not going anywhere else any time soon, and that's only a good thing for Napoli and its fans. Marekiaro is here to kick ass and take names.