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Maradona legacy helped sway Higuain to Napoli

Gonzalo Higuain has revealed that Diego Maradona's legacy at Napoli played a big part in his decision to join the club.

The 25-year-old moved to the Partenopei from Real Madrid in July for a reported 40 million euro fee, having been tipped to sign for Premier League side Arsenal for much of the summer. Higuain insists he was certain of his destination as soon as he heard of the interest from Naples, though, citing the influence of Maradona as a major reason behind his choice of club.

"The president (Aurelio De Laurentiis) and (Rafael) Benitez took very little time to convince me, I spoke with my Argentine friends who have been to Naples, and they told me beautiful things about the city and fans," Higuain told reporters. "In this city the devotion to Maradona is huge, I have felt the affection of the fans since my arrival. I chose Naples together with my family, because I like the challenge and I find it inspiring."

The Argentina striker will be tasked with filling the boots of Edinson Cavani, who moved to Paris Saint-Germain in a 60 million euro move, but he remains entirely focused on challenging Juventus for the Serie A title rather than emulating the goalscoring feats of the Uruguay star.

"We want to fight for everything, we have a great team and a great manager. We know that Juventus are favorites for the Scudetto, but we can achieve this objective," Higuain said.

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