Napoli captain Paolo Cannavaro celebrates his birthday and “can’t wait” for the Italian Super Cup against Juventus.
The younger brother of 2006 World Cup winner Fabio turned 31 today and spoke to Radio Marte.
“I may be 31, but I still feel very young and have a real hunger to do better every year,” he said.
“Toto Aronica was the first of my teammates to wish me a happy birthday. I am spending my summer on vacation with my family in Sardinia, resting up before pre-season training. I do a few sessions of my own to stay in shape and happily join in with five-a-side football.
“I can’t wait to play the Italian Super Cup against Juventus in August. It’s a one-off and a unique setting in Beijing, so we’ll hope to start the campaign with a victory. For us Neapolitans, it has a different feeling.”
Napoli are in that match thanks to their Coppa Italia triumph, the first silverware achieved in over 20 years.
Ezequiel Lavezzi is expected to complete his move to PSG on Monday, but there are reports of reinforcements in defence.
“I exchange messages with more or less all my teammates and can assure you Lavezzi doesn’t speak French yet. He still speaks perfect Neapolitan.
“Napoli are a side who want to grow and do better every time. I just hope they don’t buy any defenders, or I’ll be out of a job,” he laughed.
Cannavaro has also been watching the Euro 2012 games on television and was disappointed to see Napoli teammate Christian Maggio suspended for the semi-final against Germany.
“I watched the England game and want to compliment Italy for playing so well against a big football nation.
“I am happy Christian is doing well, although it’s a shame he is missing out on the semi-final. I know him well and realise just how much he suffers when he’s not on the pitch. At least it’ll mean he will be ready for the Final.”