Insigne: ‘I can break Hamsik record’

Lorenzo Insigne believes he can break Marek Hamsik’s goal record for Napoli, but Maurizio Sarri wouldn’t take the Italy job.

The hometown boy is the only native Neapolitan in the squad and wasn’t even born when the club last won the Scudetto in 1990.

“We know it’ll be a two-horse race to the end, but also that it’s very tight this year and we are all very close together up there,” Insigne told Canale 21.

“Roma and Inter are a little bit behind and we’ve got to be wary, because every game is like a trap. Roma still have a game in hand and could cause us problems.”

While Insigne is their most representative player, Slovakia international Hamsik has the all-time club goals record, beating Diego Maradona’s 115.

“I would love to be in his shoes, because it’d be wonderful to write history for Napoli, but I am happy for Marek, because he always showed great love for these colours and the fans.

“It’s remarkable to surpass Maradona’s goals record as a midfielder, even if Marek is getting worried, because I am there and could overtake him eventually!

“My mind is only on Napoli and I hope to bring Napoli as high as possible. It took time for me to make my qualities known, but I always put my heart and soul into this jersey.”

The Partenopei have come forward in leaps and bounds under Coach Maurizio Sarri.

“He is teaching us so much and we are happy to follow him, because when we step on to the field, we really enjoy ourselves,” continued Insigne.

“He would be ready to take the Italy job, even if I doubt he’d actually do it, because he needs to be on the field every day.”

Former Napoli captain and fellow hometown boy Paolo Cannavaro hung up his boots at Sassuolo and is flying out to China, where he’ll work as assistant manager to his older brother Fabio Cannavaro and Guangzhou Evergrande.

“I talked to him via text message and wished him the best for his career. He was very courageous, as for someone who plays every day, it becomes tough to just stop. I then joked and asked if he wanted to take me with him to China, but he replied I was too expensive!”