Napoli forward Marek Hamsik admits turning Manchester United down would be difficult

by Leo Nieboer

Napoli and Slovakia forward Marek Hamsik has refused to rule out a move to Manchester United in the future.

The 30-year-old, who arrived at Napoli in 2007, has scored 113 goals in 456 appearances for the Serie A side and won three trophies in the process.

He can feature all across attacking midfield as well as part of a midfield three – his current role under Maurizio Sarri – and hallmarks his game with a energetic, hardworking, versatile approach on the ball.

And Hamsik, when asked whether he would consider leaving Napoli for Barcelona or Man United, he refused to rule out the idea completely.

“That’s hard to say. It would surely be the hardest decision of my career,” he said.

“Maybe everyone wants to play at these clubs, but I can’t answer that. I think that Napoli is one of the top ten European teams in terms of gameplay and performance.”

The Slovak international has established himself as one of the Napoli greats over the last decade, but he may feel as if, at the age of 30, a bigger challenge is needed – something different, less comfortable, as he enters the last few ripe years of his career.

And Jose Mourinho would welcome a player of his ilk: the forward is utterly disciplined, indefatigable on and off the ball, tactically adroit, ambidextrous and, crucially, blessed with a deadly eye for goal. There aren’t many better attacking factotums out there.

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