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Gonzalo Higuain targets Serie A title

August 1, 2013
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Gonzalo Higuain says he has joined Napoli to emulate Diego Maradona and win the Serie A title, ideally at the end of his first season.

Gonzalo Higuain hopes to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona at Napoli.
GettyImagesGonzalo Higuain hopes to follow in the footsteps of Diego Maradona at Napoli.

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The Argentinean has joined last season’s Serie A runners-up, who have not been crowned champions of Italy since 1990, on a five-year contract from Real Madrid, and he has set his sights on making an immediate impact.

"Napoli did a great job last season, but now we’re aiming to go even higher," he said. "We want to challenge on three fronts. It’s a great club with a great coach who have built a great squad. Our aim is to win the Scudetto this season. That would be fantastic."

Being an Argentinean in Naples always carries an added responsibility, given the impact Maradona had, and Higuain acknowledges the expectation levels will be high. However, he said he knew precisely what he was letting himself in for when he chose Napoli over Arsenal.

"It was a considered choice," he added. "I got advice from some former Madrid team mates and I spoke to my Argentinean friends who had been at Napoli, and also to Pepe Reina.

"I’m delighted to be here and I hope I can repay the faith shown in me. This city is totally devoted to Maradona and I felt the affection from the moment I set foot inside the San Paolo, which is a legendary stadium.

"We know that Juventus are the team to beat, but we believe in ourselves. We have a great team at Napoli."

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