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Argentine urges Alan Pardew to strengthen squad in the summer and insists that whilst he is happy at St James' Park he would love to play in Serie A

Newcastle midfielder Jonas Gutierrez has revealed that if he is to leave the north-east club he would love to play in Italy and has named Lazio and Napoli as his favourite teams.

The Argentine has been at Newcastle for three seasons after signing from Mallorca in Spain though he has his sights set on a move to a new league.

“I would love to play in Italy," said Gutierrez as reported by The Mirror.

"It would be good to go back to Argentina in a few years and say I have played in the best three leagues in the world. That would be a great achievement for me.

"But I do not care about that right now. It is something for the future, not an immediate priority.

"All I am thinking about is that I am really happy in this league. More and more Argentineans are coming to play in England because they know it is the best - just like they have done in Italy for years.

"I had three years in Spain, have had three here and have got another two years here and am really happy, but you never know what might happen.

"When I was young, I always wanted to play in the English league. I prefer playing my football here, it is more competitive.

"The Spanish, English and Italian leagues are all good in their own right, just different.

"I used to watch a lot of Napoli and Lazio when I was younger.”

With his immediate sights on Newcastle. Gutierrez says they must strengthen this season if they are to be competitive next season.

“To do well for next season, we have to have a stronger squad," he said.

"This year, we have had problems with a lot of injuries and at times, it has been a real struggle getting points.

"That can't happen next season, not at a club like Newcastle.

"This season, we have had the same 11 players playing too many games."

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