Chelsea have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Gonzalo Higuain, after the Argentine forward signaled his intent to see out the remainder of his contract at Napoli, reports the Metro.
The former Real Madrid man was linked with a move to Stamford Bridge during the January transfer window, despite only completing a move to Napoli worth over £30million in the summer.
Higuain has insisted he remains happy in Naples, where he has fired 12 goals in 22 Serie A matches this season.
My future is at Napoli,’ Higuain said to Gazzetta dello Sport. ‘I have a contract with Napoli for another four years and I am treated like a king here.
‘This is an important time for me and for my career.
‘I’ve been playing at the highest level for eight years and I feel physically well and there’s a great atmosphere in Naples.’
The 26-year-old was a summer target for Arsenal, and revealed he turned down a move to Juventus before signing for Rafael Benitez’s side.
‘Juve executives spoke to my family but I already had an offer from Napoli,’ Higuain said.
‘I also received a phone call from [Napoli coach Rafael] Benitez that convinced me in no time of Napoli’s project.
‘After speaking to my father, I decided to turn down the other offers and go for Napoli.’