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 By Ben Gladwell

Dries Mertens: I'll give old friend Gonzalo Higuain slap round the face

Dries Mertens has a light-hearted warning for his old colleague Gonzalo Higuain.

Dries Mertens has joked that he intends to give Gonzalo Higuain a "slap round the face" when Napoli meet Juventus this weekend.

Mertens and Higuain are close friends from their days as colleagues in Naples, but the Blegium winger said that would be put to one side as Napoli attempt to narrow the gap on the league leaders.

"I'll give him a slap round the face," he told Mediaset television after scoring in Napoli's 2-0 win over Empoli on Wednesday.

"There is no such thing as friends on the field....

 By Ben Gladwell

Watford's Odion Ighalo 'unlikely' to join Napoli in January - agent

Odion Ighalo
Odion Ighalo has been linked with a move to Napoli.

The agent of Watford striker Odion Ighalo says his client is "unlikely" to move to Napoli in the winter, despite reported interest from the Serie A club.

Ighalo, 27, is one of the names being linked with a move to Napoli this winter to fill the void left by the long-term injury to summer signing Arkadiusz Milik.

Manolo Gabbiadini has failed to convince in place of the Poland international -- who is not expected to return to action until March at the earliest -- and his red card against Crotone at...

 By PA Sport

Inter's Gary Medel gets three-game ban for elbowing Atalanta's Kurtic

Gary Medel was given a three-game ban for elbowing Jasmin Kurtic on Sunday.

Inter Milan midfielder Gary Medel has landed a three-game Serie A suspension for elbowing Atalanta's Jasmin Kurtic.

The Chile international was not booked for thrusting his left arm into Kurtic's face in the 39th minute of Inter's 2-1 defeat at the Stadio Atleti Azzurri d'Italia as match officials did not notice the incident.

However, a league statement said a disciplinary panel had seen fit to impose a retrospective ban on the former Cardiff player, who will now miss games against Torino, Sampdoria...