By ESPNSTAR.com staff
The midfielder had declared earlier last month that, "I've been here for six years, but I'm content." But his agent strongly believes that the Slovakian has learnt all he can from his stint in the Serie A and would be wise to seek a new challenge.
The past couple of weeks have been a hectic one for the league as the likes of Marco Verratti, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Thiago Silva left the country to join noveau riche club Paris Saint-Germain. Former Napoli striker Ezquiel Lavezzi had also joined the French side earlier and Hamsik himself has been continually linked with Manchester City.
The 24-year-old had signed an extension to his contract earlier in April and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis is especially keen to keep both the playmaker as well as star striker Edinson Cavani. Nevertheless, Raiola feels as if the president does not know what's best for the career of the Slovakian international and advised the player to move on to a different league in order to continue to challenge himself.
"Marek is a great player," Raiola told Radio CRC.
"[But] if you feel like a great player then you have to test yourself in a new environment to prove your worth.
"Napoli President Aurelio De Laurentiis doesn't agree, but I don't agree with him. Presidents need to understand that they can't squeeze every last drop out of a player."
Players such as Manchester City's Edin Dzeko, Real Madrid's Kaka and Arsenal's Robin van Persie have been linked with a switch to the Italian league but Raiola, who is also Ibrahimovic's agent, has predicted that "top players will no longer arrive in Italy" following the enigmatic Swede's departure.