Hamsik closing in on China move

Marek Hamsik may have played his last game for Napoli after Paolo Cannavaro confirmed they’ll be reunited in China when the midfielder signs for Dalian Yifang.

The Napoli skipper who became a cult hero at the club gifted his final Napoli jersey to Paolo Cannavaro.

It seems the Slovakian skipper has played his 520th and final match, an all-time club record when he was substituted in Saturday’s 3-0 win over Sampdoria.

That special last shirt has a new home, as confirmed by his ex-teammate Paolo Cannavaro via Football Italia.

Hamsik signed it: “To my captain Paolo, with respect and affection.’

Cannavaro who is the younger brother of Fabio, the World Cup-winning skipper is already in China, working as his assistant manager at Guangzhou Evergrande.

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Eccolo qua. Purtroppo È’ arrivato il giorno che nessun tifoso del napoli avrebbe mai voluto che arrivasse!!!!. Ma purtroppo nella vita tutto ha un inizio ed una fine. Tu però in questo arco che va da inizio a fine hai fatto qualcosa di eccezionale. Alla fine i calciatori segnano epoche che a volte vengono dimenticate tanti e tanti anni dopo. Ma di una cosa sono sicuro, che il nome MAREK HAMSIK risuonerà in eterno tra i vicoli della nostra città. Grazie per avermi regalato emozioni e la tua ultima maglia indossata con tanto amore💙💙💙💙 #hamsikunodinoi #grazieditutto #hamsik #hamsik

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“Here it is,” wrote Cannavaro. “Unfortunately the day that no Napoli fan ever wanted to see has now come!!!! Sadly, in life everything has a beginning and an end.

“In this arc, you have achieved something exceptional. At the end of the day, players mark eras that are at times forgotten many, many years later.

“I am sure of one thing, that the name MAREK HAMSIK will echo in eternity through the streets of our city.

“Thank you for giving me such strong emotions and your last jersey worn with such love.”

Hamsik was surplus to requirements under Carlo Ancelotti and the player deemed it fit to look for playing time elsewhere.

Napoli are currently 9 points adrift leaders Juventus in the Serie A after the club’s 3-0 triumph over Sampdoria.


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