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Madrid defender Cannavaro turns down City move

Veteran Italian defender Fabio Cannavaro claims he has turned down offers from Manchester City and Bayern Munich as he closes on a return to Juventus.

The World Cup winner is out of contract at Real Madrid at the end of the season and has yet to be offered an extension; while he must wait until the outcome of the Real presidential elections to learn if he will secure a new deal.

The 35-year-old is eager to be in peak form for next summer's World Cup and that has prompted his decision to snub interest from City and Bayern.

"There will be the World Cup next year and I want to stay relaxed," Cannavaro told Gazzetta dello Sport. "Real Madrid told me I would have to wait until after the presidential election [to find out about a new contract] and advised me to look around. But I have asked my agent to see if he can find a solution.

"I didn't want to have to start from scratch with the World Cup around the corner and that's why I have turned down Manchester City and Bayern."

Meanwhile, Cannavaro's agent Gaetano Fedele says the centre-half is nearing a return to Juventus after first club Napoli did not make an offer.

Fedele told Radio Kiss Kiss: "We are waiting for the Bianconeri to send Real Madrid a fax.

"You'll all need to wait around five days before we define his contract and solve other problems that have cropped up in the last few days.

"The proposal made by Juventus is the most fascinating for many reasons. For now, Fabio will think about finishing the season with Real in the best way possible.

"Napoli never made an offer. There was never any interest. Fabio would have been willing to make enormous economic sacrifices to once again wear the Azzurri jersey.

"Would he have accepted a contract of just a £1m a year? Let's just say, for Napoli, Fabio would have made extraordinary sacrifices."

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