De Laurentiis on the reasons for Hamsik’s exit

NAPLES, ITALY - NOVEMBER 28: Marek Hamsik of SSC Napoli celebrates after scoring the 1-0 goal during the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between SSC Napoli and Red Star Belgrade at Stadio San Paolo on November 28, 2018 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis revealed that Marek Hamsik is moving to Dalian Yifang to get a rich pension.

Reports circulating around the Italian press claim that Hamsik has already signed the three-year contract with the Chinese Super League club, where he will earn €3m per year.

“Hamsik has shown his impeccable professionalism at Napoli, with the city, the team and all the Coaches he worked with, never betraying anyone, even in the most difficult moments,” De Laurentiis told Football Italia.

“He displayed great maturity and became the kind of player everyone would like to have in their team. So when he comes to you and asks, ‘President, I’d really love to go to China,’

The President thanked the Slovakian skipper for his patience and understanding in the course of his transfer pursuit but admitted Fabian Ruiz remains a good replacement.

“I had said no over the summer because Carlo Ancelotti had just arrived and I wanted the Coach to see all the players.

“Then Fabian Ruiz arrived… So, if Mr Hamsik – who is no fool – realises there are already four players for two roles and one of them is Fabian Ruiz, I can ask to leave and get myself a rich Chinese pension.”

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