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Gonzalo Higuain happy at Napoli

January 3, 2014
By Ben Gladwell, Italy Correspondent

Gonzalo Higuain has said he has no intention of turning his back on Napoli only five months after leaving Real Madrid.

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The Daily Telegraph reported on Friday that Chelsea were readying a second bid for Higuain, 26, after seeing an initial 50 million pound offer rejected.

However, the Argentina international -- who had limited playing time under Jose Mourinho when the Blues boss was in charge at the Bernabeu -- has reaffirmed his affection for Napoli.

"I've never regretted my decision to come here," he told Argentine newspaper Ole. "President [Aurelio] De Laurentiis convinced me immediately, with a great coach like Rafa Benitez and with the club's project.

"All this motivates me to help the team grow and to write history. We know it's difficult, but it's a beautiful challenge. I think this experience will help me to improve as a player, and this is also something which influenced my decision to come here, to a new league with new challenges."

Higuain said he had embraced life in Naples, adding: "It's an intense city and it's incredible. Football comes first, then everything else follows.

"For me, as someone who loves this sport, it's a beautiful place to be because the people live for this, in good and in bad. The fans are passionate about football to the extreme, and that is what I love. It's a bit like Argentina."

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