Napoli striker Gonzalo Higuain is delighted with the progress the club has made this year and hopes they continue to improve in 2016.
The Argentina international was on the verge of leaving the Partenopei in June, but revealed that manager Maurizio Sarri convinced him to stay, and admits he is glad he did not change clubs.
Higuain has been in prolific for Napoli this season, scoring 16 goals in 17 Serie A games to help the club to fourth on the table, just a single point behind Inter at the top.
"We had a long year but on the whole it was quite positive," he told Premium Sport. "We reached the semi-finals of the Europa League and until the last match were competing for Champions League qualification.
"Unfortunately it didn't work out. But we've been doing very well since September, so let's hope for a better 2016.
"I had a good feeling with Sarri right away, he convinced me to stay and I'd like to thank him alongside with the teammates, the club and the supporters.
"I'm glad I stayed. Sarri gave me serenity, this year my head is clear and that shows on the pitch."
The forward's goalscoring prowess, coupled with his shared nationality and club team, have led to comparisons with Diego Maradona, which he says he finds satisfying rather than intimidating.
"Diego Maradona? I'm Argentinian like he is, but wearing these colours is not a burden. Rather it's a satisfaction," Higuain explained.
"He was an extraordinary player in football's history and the most beloved at Napoli. Being compared to him is a source of great joy," he concluded.