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Napoli chief insists Lavezzi 'not for sale'

February 28, 2012
By ESPNsoccernet staff

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has told Europe's top sides to forget about trying to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi this summer, insisting "there will be no negotiations with any club".

Ezequiel Lavezzi  celebrates after scoring the only goal of the game against Inter
AssociatedEzequiel Lavezzi contributed 11 goals and 11 assists for Napoli in the 2011-12 season

• Lavezzi may resist move temptation

Lavezzi, 26, has formed one prong of a devastating attacking triumvirate at Napoli this season alongside Marek Hamsik and Edinson Cavani, with the trio helping the club to the brink of the Champions League quarter-finals.

The Argentina international has been in particularly impressive form of late, netting four goals in his past three games - including a brace against Chelsea in the Champions League last-16 first-leg at the Stadio San Paolo last week.

The Blues, along with Manchester City and Real Madrid, have been linked with Lavezzi in recent months but colourful Napoli chief De Laurentiis says he is determined to hold on to one of his prized assets.

"The message is clear," he told Il Mattino. "He is not for sale. There will be no negotiations with any club."