Napoli's Lavezzi open to Premier League switch

The Argentine forward was in scintillating form against English opposition on Tuesday night, scoring twice as the Partenopei defeated Chelsea 3-1 at the San Paolo
Napoli forward Ezequiel Lavezzi has admitted that he would like to try his luck in the Premier League at some point in his career.

Fresh from his two-goal haul in Tuesday's 3-1 Champions League win over Chelsea, the Argentine admitted that the prospect of playing in another one of Europe’s top leagues appeals to him greatly.

"I like La Liga, where there are a lot of strong players, and I particularly admire [Barcelona’s Lionel] Messi," Lavezzi is quoted as saying by Eurosport.

"But the Premier League is beautiful too. These are two interesting championships, where every player wants to play sooner or later.

"It's the beauty of our job that we can discover different cultures and countries. For example, I don't speak English, but one day I'd like to learn it."

Meanwhile, the player's representative, Alejandro Mazzoni, has revealed that he has heard reports that Manchester City sent scouts to watch Lavezzi in action against the Blues.

However, the agent insists that he has not been approached by anyone from Eastlands about a prospective switch to the Premier League leaders and believes that City could be wasting their time if they did decide to make a move for 'El Pocho'.

"You cannot talk about the future because there are so many conditions to be assessed,” Mazzoni mused on Radio Crc.

"The sure thing is that Napoli president [Aurelio] De Laurentiis wants to keep Lavezzi - and El Pocho loves Napoli.

"It makes no sense to talk about the market; today we all have to enjoy Napoli's success and stay quiet.

"Lavezzi is fine in Napoli and has a good relationship with both club and team-mates.

"I was told that Manchester City's observers were at San Paolo during the Champions League match, but this does not mean anything. I've not even seen them."

Lavezzi, who has been capped 16 times by his country, has lit up Serie A since arriving at Napoli from San Lorenzo in 2007.