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Europa or bust: Only Champions League football can keep Higuain at Napoli

If Gonzalo Higuain’s future prior to Napoli’s Easter trip to Roma on Saturday was clouded in uncertainty, it has now become much clearer. For the Argentine to stay, Napoli simply must win the Europa League in order to qualify for next season’s Champions League.

Saturday’s 1-0 defeat to Roma – which was the home side’s first victory within 90 minutes at the Stadio Olimpico since November – means that Rafa Benitez’s men are now eight points adrift of the top three in Serie A.

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