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May 27, 2011

No Spurs bid for Lavezzi

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has denied Tottenham have contacted the Italian club over a transfer bid for Argentina forward Ezequiel Lavezzi.

Lavezzi starred as Napoli finished third in Serie A and secured a place in next season's Champions League, leading to speculation over a potential move to England.

"Lavezzi? I have never spoken to Tottenham,'' De Laurentiis told Italian radio station Radio Marte.

De Laurentiis also moved to assure fans the Neopolitan side will hold onto their star players, including Slovakia's Marek Hamsik and Uruguay striker Edision Cavani - who signed a contract extension with the club earlier this month.

"I ask the fans to be calm. When the transfer market opens everyone wants to buy but 95% of the time, it's just gossip. Napoli supporters are intelligent and they cannot be taken for a ride by the press.

"We are growing as a club and we will continue to do so. If someone arrives and wants to buy a player that doesn't want to wear the Azzurri colours, then they will have to bring out their wallet.

"But I, in seven years, have not received any offers and I am the one that decides. We are not a supermarket, perhaps we are an expensive jewellery shop and as soon as people see the prices, they are scared away.''

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