Gonzalo Higuain has rejected the offer of a new contract with Napoli, according to the striker’s agent.
The Argentina international, who moved to the San Paolo in 2013 from Real Madrid, still has three years to run on his current deal but has been linked with a potential summer transfer nonetheless.
Nicolas Higuain, his brother and representative, has now confirmed they have turned down a one-year extension to his contract, though he says there are no current plans to move away from Napoli.
“We had a meeting with the president [Aurelio De Laurentiis] in Venice 10 days ago,” he told Radio Crc.
“We talked about everything. He offered a one-year contract extension, but in my opinion – and ours – we will continue with the original contract, expiring in 2018.
“The contract isn’t that different to the one we signed before, so for us it’s not a real offer. We are calm and happy to continue with the current conditions.
“At the moment, we have faith that Gonzalo will stay at Napoli, with a team which is 100 per cent focused and can win something.
“It seems strange, but the big clubs have not contacted me, nor have I spoken with anyone.”
Higuain endured a disappointing summer as two crucial misses – one in the penalty shootout – cost Argentina in the final of the Copa America in Chile.
But his brother is confident the forward will be ready to challenge for honours in the coming campaign.
“Gonzalo arrived in Dimaro [for pre-season training] in good condition. He’s an introverted player, not some snake oil salesman who likes to show off. You won’t see him on Twitter taking pictures all day. I have heard he’s training well, and that’s what’s important.
“Everyone dreams of winning something important, but this year it will be even more difficult because of the way teams have strengthened.
“It will be a tough campaign, when the first ball is kicked we [Napoli] will try to show our worth.”