Agent says Gonzalo Higuain rejected Napoli contract extension

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The agent for Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain told Radio Crc in Italy that his client rejected a one-year contract extension with his current Italian club, although no other clubs have been in contact regarding any potential transfer.

“We had a meeting with the president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] in Venice 10 days ago,” Nicolas Higuain, Gonzalo’s brother and agent, told Radio Crc. “We talked about everything. He offered a one-year contract extension, but in my opinion – and ours – we will continue with the original contract, expiring in 2018.”

“The contract isn’t that different to the one we signed before, so for us it’s not a real offer. We are calm and happy to continue with the current conditions. At the moment, we have faith that Gonzalo will stay at Napoli, with a team which is 100 per cent focused and can win something. It may seem strange, but the big clubs have not contacted me, nor have I spoken with anyone.”

Higuain has some work to do this season after a rough summer internationally, missing a pair of chances in the Copa America final as Argentina fell to hosts Chile.

The 27-year-old was a workhorse last campaign, scoring 29 times across 58 appearances in all competitions for Napoli, totaling over 4,100 minutes – including 18 goals in 37 Serie A appearances. He joined the Italian side from Real Madrid after a move in the summer of 2013 for around $33 million.