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Ezequiel Lavezzi considered PSG exit

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Chelsea transfer target Ezequiel Lavezzi considered leaving Paris Saint Germain earlier this season - but is now happy to stay at the Parc des Princes.

The Argentinian international has been linked with Chelsea, and French newspaper Le 10 Sport reported that Lavezzi thought about quitting PSG in the January transfer window after struggling to adjust following his move from Napoli.

Lavezzi was part of the PSG starting XI that took apart Chelsea in the Champions League first leg of their quarter-final tie last week.

Leading 3-1 after the game at the Parc des Princes, PSG travel to west London for the second leg on Tuesday evening at Stamford Bridge.

Despite taking time to settle following his £22m move from Napoli, Lavezzi has managed to score seven goals in 19 Ligue 1 starts this season.

And, according to one of his relatives, Carlos Cervetto, he's now happy in Paris.

"When Pocho was transferred to Paris in the summer of 2012, he had a difficult adjustment because the city and lifestyle is very different from what he knew in Naples.

"Gradually, however, he adjusted and realised that the people are not so cold."

Lavezzi has established himself as an important part of the PSG attacking lineup, alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.

And PSG midfielder Blaise Matuidi believes the Argentina international is now a big personality in the PSG dressing room.

"Pocho is extremely important for the group," Matuidi said. "It is true, he likes to talk and lives well. But he is also a guy who leads by example, with incredible mental strength, close to everyone in the locker room."

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