Hamsik closing in on China move

PARIS, FRANCE - OCTOBER 24: Marek Hamsik of Napoli applauds fans after the Group C match of the UEFA Champions League between Paris Saint-Germain and SSC Napoli at Parc des Princes on October 24, 2018 in Paris, France. (Photo by Justin Setterfield/Getty Images)

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

NAPLES, ITALY - APRIL 18: Coach of SSC Napoli Carlo Ancelotti gestures during the UEFA Europa League Quarter Final Second Leg match between S.S.C. Napoli and Arsenal at Stadio San Paolo on April 18, 2019 in Naples, Italy. (Photo by Francesco Pecoraro/Getty Images)

Ancelotti is disappointed with Napoli

The manager says his team lacked motivation as they were defeated by Atalanta, and doesn't like the way his team is playing in the second half of the season.

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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.