Friday July 13 2012
Cannavaro: Napoli don’t need Lavezzi

Italian World Cup winner Fabio Cannavaro is confident hometown club Napoli will not miss Ezequiel Lavezzi.

The Argentine star has ended his five-year stay at the Stadio San Paolo after agreeing to join Paris Saint-Germain this summer.

“Lavezzi is an extraordinary player,” the former Napoli, Parma and Juventus stopper told Radio CRC.

“He has done great things at Napoli, but if the club has made this choice it is because they have players worthy of contributing just as much – players like Goran Pandev, Eduardo Vargas and Lorenzo Insigne.

“The Partenopei will not weep for Lavezzi.”

Fabio, now 38, was born in Naples and still has strong links with the club as brother Paolo, 31, captained the side to Coppa Italia victory last term.

“The feeling I got when Paolo lifted the Cup? I was on an aeroplane and therefore I could not see it live, but I have to say that I was very pleased.

“Paolo has played in Serie B, he has seen some dark years, but he has always been able to get back on the right track due to his great professionalism.

“The feeling of lifting the Coppa Italia in Rome, and doing it with Napoli, represents triple enjoyment.”

The legendary defender also shared his pride of Paolo, saying: “He is no longer the brother of Fabio, but his own man. Despite carrying a heavy surname, Paolo, with sacrifice, has managed to do great.”

Napoli will play Juventus in the Italian Super Cup in Beijing on August 11, giving Paolo Cannavaro a shot at his second piece of silverware in 2012.