Long-shot Manchester United transfer target Marek Hamsik has ruled out any potential transfer deal by insisting his future lies in Naples.
The Independent newspaper were one of a number to report United had sent a scout to watch the Slovakian midfielder in action.
Hamsik is valued at around £35 million and is a key figure in Rafa Benitez' Napoli set up, and not a player the Italians are said to be open to losing.
Now the midfielder himself has spoken out regarding his future, and indicated leaving is the furthest possibility from his thoughts.
Speaking on the club's in-house website and recounted by TMW, Hamsik commented:
"Life at Napoli? I repeat for the umpteenth time, as long as I play good and I will be important for this project I will be here. Currently I do not think about a change, I want to do another 200 and more games with this shirt.
"In Naples all is well, this is my second home. Here is a great fan base, unique in the world of football. Upon my arrival I was greeted well, and in recent years we are giving a lot of satisfaction to our crowd it has become even better."
It was always going to be an uphill battle forUnited to lure Hamsik, in fact any deal was largely dependent on the midfielder forcing a transfer as the club are reluctant to sell.
If the Red Devils hadn't given up on this one already, now appears the time to, and perhaps they already have if the reports about a bid for Juan Mata prove to be correct.
image: © vincentteeuwen