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Feb 23, 2012

Lavezzi may resist temptation

Ezequiel Lavezzi's agent has calmed talk of a move away from Napoli after the Argentina international revealed he would relish the chance to play in Spain or England.

• Agent: Lavezzi keen to stay

Lavezzi, 26, has regularly been linked with a move away from Napoli, and speculation over his future has increased this week after he netted a brace in Tuesday's 3-1 victory over Chelsea in the Champions League.

Earlier in the week, Lavezzi told Eurosport: "I like the Spanish league, where there are a lot of great players, but the Premier League is very interesting too. They're both very interesting championships - they're the places every player wants to play eventually."

He added: "One of the great things about this job is that we can discover different cultures and different countries. For example, I don't speak English at the moment, but one day I'd like to learn."

Lavezzi's agent, Alejandro Mazzoni, has now stressed that Lavezzi is happy with life at Napoli and that club president Aurelio De Laurentiis has no intention of selling.

"De Laurentiis wants Lavezzi to remain in Naples," he told Radio Crc. "It's difficult to talk about what will happen because there are so many factors. What is certain is that the Napoli president wants to keep Lavezzi and El Pocho (Lavezzi) loves Napoli. It makes no sense to talk about his future at this stage - we should just keep quiet and enjoy the club's success."

Roberto Mancini this week dismissed as "rubbish" claims that Manchester City were interested in Lavezzi and his Napoli team-mate Edinson Cavani, but Mazzoni believes the club did have scouts present for the victory over Chelsea.

"I was told there were people from Manchester City watching the Champions League game at San Paolo, but that doesn't mean anything," he said.

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