Napoli manager Rafa Benitez has claimed Marek Hamsik is worth more than Gareth Bale and insisted he is not for sale.
The world record transfer of Gareth Bale to Real Madrid has sparked several comments about players’ worth, with several star players, both past and present, stating no one is worth such a fee.
Hamsik has started the season in fine style, scoring a brace in both of Napoli’s Serie A games this season.
However, Benitez has said the Slovakian midfielder is invaluable and should he be up for sale, which he isn’t, he would be worth more than Bale, Sky Sports report.
"Is Bale worth the 100 million euros Real Madrid paid for him? If so, then I'd say you can't put a price on Hamsik - and he is not for sale," Benitez told Mediaset.
This is not the first time a player has been branded as more valuable than Bale after Paul Pogba’s agent classed the Juventus midfielder as being worth double.
Benitez also went on to thank Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis for allowing him to sign such an array of players during the transfer window.
“President Aurelio De Laurentiis loves me and he showed faith in me," added Benitez.
"He did his 100% to improve the team.”
"After Cavani's departure I gave a list with five possible replacements and between them there was Higuain."
Napoli have begun the season well, beating Bologna 3-0 in the opening Serie A game before travelling to Chievo and winning 4-2.