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Fonseca confident Martinez will stay

4 August 2013 14:06

Porto head coach Paulo Fonseca expects striker Jackson Martinez to stay at the club next season despite interest from Napoli.

After scoring 29 goals in 38 appearances in all competitions last season, Colombia international Martinez has been strongly linked with a move away from the Portuguese champions.

Big-spending Napoli were reported to be at the front of the queue for the prolific striker as new manager Rafael Benitez continues his re-building at the San Paolo.

Gonzalo Higuain has already arrived in Naples from Real Madrid, but Fonseca believes it is unlikely Martinez will be joining him.

However, he insisted his side would cope if their leading forward was to leave.

"We are never ready to lose great players like Jackson Martinez," Fonseca said after Porto's1-0 defeat to Galatasaray in the Emirates Cup on Saturday.

"But it seems it is not going to happen now, he will stay here, this is what I believe anyway.

"If it does happen, Porto always responds very well when great players leave the club. Only recently we lost Joao Moutinho and James Rodriguez but Porto will remain a strong team with good players."

Martinez is thought to have a £35million release clause that has so far dissuaded any club from making a formal transfer bid for his services.

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