Lavezzi: I knew it was time to leave Napoli in 2011

The Argentine has explained that he felt the time was right to move on some time ago, while also intimating that he had spurned several previous opportunities to leave.
Ezequiel Lavezzi has admitted that he realised his time at Napoli was drawing to a close a year ago.

The Argentine left the Partenopei for Paris Saint-Germain earlier in July, much to the disappointment of the Serie A side's supporters. Lavezzi has intimated, though, that he could have left many years before.

"In recent transfer windows, it was not the right time to leave Napoli," the attacker explained in an interview with Le Parisien. "But in 2011 I realized that my cycle on the slopes of Vesuvius had concluded.

"I am 27 and if I had again [waited] to move, it would have been too late. For this reason, I decided that if an important offer arrived, I would accept."

Lavezzi had been repeatedly linked with the Premier League's finest over the past few seasons, but he revealed that he was drawn to the French capital by PSG's ambitious plan to establish the club as a major force in European football.

"I was seduced by this project and the opportunity to live in Paris," the Boca Juniors youth team product explained. "And then I ended my adventure at Napoli with a Coppa Italia triumph, so there was no better way to leave."

Lavezzi, who has been capped 18 times by his country, joined the Partenopei from San Lorenzo in 2007.

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