Lavezzi not set for City

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Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has put an end to constant speculation surrounding his future, insisting he's happy in Italy and expects to stay with his current club in the summer.

The Argentine playmaker was linked with a handful of clubs across Europe, with Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini leading the chase for his services from the Premier League.

Juventus were also keen to add the 26-year-old to their ranks in Serie 'A', but Lavezzi insists he has never had an offer on the table to leave the Azzurri and will not be looking for the exit door.

"My future? I believe that I will be at Napoli next season," Lavezzi told Sky Sport Italia.

"I'm happy here, I have a long contract and I am calm. I have never had contact with Juventus and, from what I know, there have not been any offers from other clubs."

English fans will get to take a closer look at Lavezzi next week, when Andre Villas-Boas takes his Chelsea side to Naples for the first leg of their Champions League last 16 tie.

It's a clash the former San Lorenzo star is looking forward to, and after knocking the Citizens out of the competition in the group stages, sights have firmly been set on a Blues scalp.

"The game against Chelsea is the most important one of our season. We are confident in ourselves," added Lavezzi.

"For now we must think about the Serie A game against Fiorentina (on Friday), with it crucial that we get the right boost for the Champions League challenge."

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