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ESPN FC  By ESPN staff

Lavezzi hopeful of PSG stay

Paris St Germain attacker Ezequiel Lavezzi admits he has no plans to leave the Ligue 1 champions, claiming he is more comfortable and able to have "a normal life" in the French capital.

Ezequiel Lavezzi celebrates after scoring against Valencia
Lavezzi joined PSG from Napoli last summer

Lavezzi, 28, joined PSG from Italian side Napoli last summer and he has been linked with a return to Naples after a season interrupted by injury.

But manager Carlo Ancelotti sees Lavezzi as an important part of the club's future and the Argentina international insists he is much happier now than he was in Italy, laying to rest speculation that he could request a transfer at the end of the season.

"I spent five years with Napoli and I was passionate about the club, but I did not have the privacy I needed for a normal life," Lavezzi told L'Equipe. "That is also why I wanted a change last year. At Paris I remain a footballer but I can find again a normal life.

"My intention is to stay in Paris. But we all know the old adage that in football you never know what can happen. Maybe I will spend a lot of time at PSG. Maybe not. Our lives are about transfer rumours. That is why I remain very calm about the rumours over our coach Carlo Ancelotti."

Lavezzi revealed he is hopeful of restoring his partnership with former team-mate Edinson Cavani, but is confident that will only occur if the Uruguayan joins PSG.

"Maybe I will play again with Edinson Cavani," Lavezzi said. "Such a striker would increase PSG's quality. It would be great fun to join him again."

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