Sunday, 21 December 2008

Chelsea Still Want Slovakian International?


Chelsea are still keen on Slovakian International Marek Hamsik at Serie A side Napoli, despite the midfielder reportedly signing a new deal at the Stadio San Paolo, which will tie him to the Azzurri until 2013.

The Blues along with a host of top European clubs are said to be in the hunt for Hamsik, with Chelsea also linked to the midfielder’s team mate Argentine striker Ezequiel Lavezzi. Chelsea manager Luiz Felipe Scolari is reportedly keen to bring Hamsik to the Premier League when the transfer window reopens next month, according to The news of the World.

However, Chelsea will have to wait until the end of the season before any move can be made to bring 21-year-old Hamsik to Stamford Bridge, with Napoli unlikely to part with one of their biggest stars halfway through the season and with the Slovakian’s agent Juray Venglos also insisting that Hamsik will remain in Italy until the end of the season.

“He will remain in Naples until at least the end of this season, the team are doing great things and he is happy to stay there,” Agi/Italpress quoted Venglos as saying.

Hamsik joined the Partenopei from Italian rivals Brescia in 2007 and has scored 16 goals in 52 appearances for the Azzurri since his arrival in Naples, with the Slovakian an integral part of the Napoli side that finished 8th in the Scudetto last season. Hamsik made his international debut in 2007 and already has 5 goals in 18 caps for his country.

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