Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne this morning opened the door to a potential departure from his boyhood club.
27-year-old winger/second-striker Insigne has spent his entire career to date on the books of Napoli.
After coming up through the youth setup of the Partenopei, Insigne broke into the club’s first-team ranks on a consistent basis for the first time during the 2012/13 campaign, following a pair of prolific loan spells with Foggia and Pescara.
And the years since have seen the diminutive attacker, who was previously written off by many due to his stature, go on to establish himself as one of Napoli’s key performers.
Insigne’s deft touch, wand of a right foot and eye for goal make him a handful to deal with for opposing defenders, with the Italian international’s penchant for cutting inside from the left wing and seeking out the far top-corner having become one of the most recognizable sights in Serie A over the last couple of seasons.
The 2016/17 campaign proved Insigne’s most productive to date, with the Naples-native having racked up 18 goals and 9 assists in the league alone.
The current season, meanwhile, has seen the technically-gifted attacker directly contribute to 19 goals across all competitions.
As such, Insigne’s continued excellence in Naples has seen the Italian inevitably-linked with a potential move away from the Stadio San Paolo.
Both Liverpool and Manchester City have been named as admirers of Insigne’s talents, with La Repubblica having outlandishly gone as far as to claim in February that the former had seen a 70 million Euro bid rejected for Napoli’s star attacker.
‘An offer I can’t refuse…’
And, speaking in an interview with the Corriere dello Sport earlier today, the gifted attacker did little to play down the rumours that he could be on the move come the summer, explaining:
‘I am 28 years old [this year] and it could happen that I receive an offer I can’t refuse.’
‘I’ve proved what I am worth and there are people around who appreciate me.’
‘Right now, in this phase, I am not even thinking about it.’
‘However, I know full well that there are those around who appreciate me. But there are no clubs, no approaches, no shows of interest.’
‘It is my duty to think, without being immodest, that over the years at Napoli I’ve shown what I can do.’
‘I know people think I hired Mino Raiola because I was looking for a move, but that is not true. And you are free to think that. I hired Raiola because I consider him to be, along with Jorge Mendes, the best around and a real authority.’
‘As long as I am at Napoli, I will always give 110 per cent. I want to stay here for a long time.’