Hamsik wants to break Napoli record

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Marek Hamsik has cooled concerns that he could be tempted away from Napoli by saying his goal is to break the record for the number of appearances at the club.

The Slovakia international says he wants to break Giuseppe Bruscolotti's record of 511 appearances and, since he currently has only 405, it likely means he intends to spend at least two more seasons in Naples.

"Ten years is a long time for a footballer to spend with a single team," he told Napoli's YouTube channel. "It doesn't happen to many players, but I'm glad I made it.

"But the record in terms of appearances will still take more than 100 games. I can make it, if I spend my entire career with Napoli.

"I understood the affection of the Neapolitans on my first day, when I was presented alongside [Ezequiel] Lavezzi and there were already 1000 people there."

Hamsik was then asked about the controversial club president Aurelio De Laurentiis and coach Maurizio Sarri.

"I have great respect for the president, and a good relationship too. As for the coach, I told him that I wanted to change roles, and now I feel important again," he added.

"My first game? That was with Cagliari, and my first goal was against Zalayeta. But my best success was the first Coppa Italia," he reminisced.