S.S.C Napoli midfielder Marek Hamsik has revealed that he turned down the chance to play for FC Bayern Munich after suggesting that he is treated ‘like a God’ at the Italian club.
The Slovakian play-maker will be heading home from this summer’s Euros after Slovakia crashed out of the knockout stages following a 3-0 defeat to Germany in Lille.
Despite this, the 28-year-old is reportedly not interested in a move to the Bundesliga with the German champions, as Slovak agent Peter Hammer revealed to German paper TZ: “He will not leave.
“For Slovaks, the environment where they work is the absolute priority over anything else.
“I always tried to bring him to Germany and especially to Bayern Munich, but he told me he’s happy at Napoli and is treated like a God there.
“Marek is a real professional and a great champion who over the years has improved notably.”
Hamsik moved to the Serie A side in 2007 from Serie B side Brescia Calcio, and quickly became a fan favourite, being made club captain in 2014 at the age of 26, as well as playing a pivotal role in guiding his side to two Coppa Italia titles, in 2012 and 2014.
Last season, Hamsik scored six goals for S.S.C Napoli, taking his consistent record to 81 goals in 319 appearances, whilst also producing the most assists in Serie A.
Internationally, Hamsik has become his country’s prolific talisman, winning the Slovak Player of the Year on five separate occasions, as well as consecutively winning the award in the last three years.