Napoli star Marek Hamsik moves to Chinese Super League

Marek Hamsik leaving Napol after 12 years at the club

Marek Hamsik leaving Napol after 12 years at the club

Napoli have sold long-serving captain Marek Hamsik to Chinese side Dalian Yifang, president Aurelio De Laurentiis confirmed on Twitter.

"I wish Marek Hamsik happiness in China", said Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

Following on from his statements earlier in the day, Napoli lawyer Mattia Grassani told Radio Kiss Kiss that the deal to take Hamsik to Dalian was done.

With a deal now done, the Slovakia global is expected in China on Friday to push through the formalities of signing a contract and joining his new team-mates. "Napoli has chose to suspend the sale of Marek Hamsik to the Chinese [club Dalian Yifang] because the methods of payment of the amount agreed do not coincide with the agreements previously reached", the club had tweeted.

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There have been varying reports of how the €20m figure he has garnered will be paid to the Serie A side, with this point seemingly the last issue in the negotiations, though Gazzetta dello Sport reported on Wednesday that it would be paid in two instalments.

Hamsik will depart Napoli have made a lasting impression on the Serie A side.

The three-year deal will reportedly earn him an annual salary of nine million euros ($10.2 million) - three times what he earns in Italy.

Having joined in 2007, Hamsik surpassed both Edinson Cavani and Diego Maradona in the club's record books, both in appearances and goals scored, with 121 goals and 111 assists in 520 games.

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