Napoli star admits he would struggle to turn down Man United

Joe Williams

Slovakia star Marek Hamsik says any prospective offer from Manchester United woul present him with a hard decision to make.

The 30-year-old Napoli midfielder has been with the Serie A club since 2007 despite years of speculation linking him with a move away.

He contributed 12 goals and ten assists in Serie A last season as the club could only manage third position in the table, finishing five points behind champions Juventus.

Hamsik, who played at Wembley against England on Monday, has become a fans’ favourite in southern Italy, but their inability to challenge for the Scudetto may see him finally jump ship.

The Slovakian signed a contract extension only 12 months ago and had previously looked set to play out his career in Naples.

Asked about whether a move to a big club like Manchester United, Bayern Munich or Barcelona would appeal to him, Hamsik told German magazine Kicker: “That’s hard to say. It would surely be the hardest decision in my career.

“Maybe everyone wants to play at these clubs, but I can’t answer that.

“I think that Napoli is one of the top 10 European teams in terms of gameplay and performance.”