Wednesday June 27 2012
Pandev can fill Lavezzi void

Walter Mazzarri admits he will be sad to lose Ezequiel Lavezzi, but he’s confident that Goran Pandev can adequately replace him at Napoli.

The Argentine is on the verge of moving to Paris Saint-Germain, for close to €30m, while the Macedonian has been signed outright from Inter after last season’s loan stint.

“I’m disappointed that he will be sold, but if Pandev is in form then he won’t be missed,” the Azzurri boss told Radio Due.

Lavezzi, 27, scored nine goals in 30 League games for the Stadio San Paolo outfit in 2011-12. Pandev grabbed six in 30.

Mazzarri, who also committed his future to the club during the interview, confirmed the outfit’s interest in Marco Verratti of Pescara.

“I don’t know what the player thinks of it, but I know that President Aurelio De Laurentiis and sporting director Riccardo Bigon are trying to sign him,” the former Sampdoria man added.

“Saying that, another year at Pescara would be good for the player. He’s a very good element, but he is still very young.”

Pescara have taken the 19-year-old off the market after transfer negotiations with Juventus and Napoli stalled.

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