FC Porto Insist Jackson Martinez Won’t Be Joining Napoli

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Portuguese club see star striker staying put.

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Porto have insisted that star striker Jackson Martinez will be staying at the club this summer despite heavy interest from Serie A giants Napoli, Sky Sports reports.

Last week the Colombian’s agent had claimed that personal terms had been agreed with the Italians, though the €40 million release clause in his contract had not been met.

New Napoli coach Rafa Benitez has been busy reinvesting the 64m Euro fee his club received for Edinson Cavani, bringing in Gonzalo Higuain and Raul Albiol from Real Madrid, and Dries Mertens from PSV Eindhoven.

Porto and Napoli were both in London over the weekend to compete in the Emirates Cup, and Porto manager Paulo Fonseca was adamant the 26-year-old would stay in Portugal.

“In my opinion, the Jackson Martinez subject is closed. I fully trust he will remain with us,” Fonseca told Sapa Desporto.

“In fact, I avoided Rafa Benitez to prevent him from asking about Jackson.”

Martinez has had an instant impact on European football having only joined Porto from Mexican outfit Chiapas. He scored 34 goals in 39 games across all competitions last season, making him one of the deadliest and most sought after strikers on the continent.

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