Inler: Higuain will replace Cavani goals

The Switzerland international is pleased with the ambition of the club under Rafa Benitez, despite the departure of their star striker to Paris Saint-Germain

Gokhan Inler has backed Gonzalo Higuain to replace the goals of Edinson Cavani for Napoli.

The Uruguay international found the net 29 times in 34 Serie A matches last season before joining Paris Saint-Germain in a €64 million deal this summer.

In comparison, Higuain struck 16 Liga goals for Real Madrid as they surrendered their league title and were beaten in the final of the Copa del Rey, but the Switzerland midfielder feels the €40m man is a more than able replacement.

“Cavani’s departure is a massive loss for us,” he told Tafesanzeiger.

“But football is a business and I do not think that will change. However, we respect and accept his decision to go away.

“Higuain, though, is a top player and I’m very happy with his capture. This move shows that the company wants to focus on big goals, which is why I am convinced of I am at the right club to win.”

Higuain is one of a number of high profile summer arrivals in Naples, joining the likes of Pepe Reina, Raul Albiol, Jose Callejon, Dries Mertens, and Pablo Armero in making the move to Stadio San Paolo.

The Argentine brings a tally of 107 Liga goals with him to Italy as he prepares to front a new-look Napoli attack.

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