Gonzalo Higuain plays down Napoli exit

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Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain insists that he is “very happy” with the Italian outfit despite reported interest from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Higuain has been on international duty all summer as he bids to try and help Argentina win the World Cup in Brazil.

The former Real Madrid man netted the winner in his side’s quarter-final victory over Belgium to book a date with Holland in Wednesday’s last-four stage.

The 26-year-old entered the showpiece competition high in confidence after enjoying a successful debut campaign in Naples.

Rafael Benitez’s troops secured a return to Champions League football, while Higuain netted 17 times in 37 appearances.

International team-mate Lionel Messi has publicly said that he would relish the opportunity to play alongside his countryman at club level, although Higuain insists he is feeling settled in Italy.

Higuain said: “I am really grateful to Leo [Messi] for his kind words but I have a contract with Napoli that makes me very happy.

“Napoli has always treated me very well since I arrived there.”

The Blaugrana are currently in talks with Liverpool over a deal for controversial striker Luis Suarez, but if negotiations should break down Higuain is expected to receive their full attention.

Meanwhile, Argentina are priced at 3.25 to win the World Cup, with semi-final opponents Holland available at 4.70.

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