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Transfer Rater: Batshuayi to Newcastle

 By Ben Gladwell

Napoli's Marek Hamsik: No truth in Real Madrid transfer rumours

Napoli's Marek Hamsik has scored five Serie A goals this season.

Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik has said he has had no contact with Real Madrid amid renewed rumours linking him with a move to Spain.

Hamsik was a reported target of Real last summer, when former Napoli coach Rafa Benitez took charge.

The move did not materialise then, but with the 28-year-old rediscovering his form for the Serie A club this season, he has once again been linked with Los Blancos.

Asked by Slovakian reporters about a possible telephone call with Real coach Zinedine Zidane, Hamsik was dismissive of the latest round of speculation.

"He's not called me -- not many people know my number," he said in quotes reported by La Repubblica.

"Joking aside, it's just the usual rumours and there's nothing true about them. I'm contracted to Napoli and I'm not thinking about leaving. I'm happy with the way things are going here."

Napoli are just three points behind Juventus at the top of Serie A with eight games of the season remaining and Hamsik has said his focus is on ensuring they keep up the pressure on the Bianconeri right to the very end.

"We want to win all eight of our remaining matches," he said. "I don't think Juve are going to win all of theirs. They could drop some points on the way and we've got to take advantage. Having said this, we've just got to think of ourselves and then we'll see. We'll keep on believing right to the end of the season.

"Since I've worn this shirt, I've never seen such a good Napoli side. We're truly united and compact. I never had this feeling in previous years and I want it to last to the end."


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