Napoli don't need Balotelli and Lavezzi – De Laurentiis

The Partenopei president has strongly refuted suggestions that the club will look to bring the Argentine back to the San Paolo along with the misfiring Liverpool striker

Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis says his side do not need to sign Ezequiel Lavezzi and Mario Balotelli in the January transfer window.

The Argentine forward did not travel with the rest of the Paris Saint-Germain squad for a training camp in Morocco, with the player’s agent suggesting that a loan to San Paolo could be on the cards.

The Partenopei have also been linked with Liverpool’s out-of-favour Balotelli, who is yet to score a Premier League goal since signing in August, but the Serie A club’s president has refuted the rumours.

“What would be the use in buying them? We’re fully covered in attack, and in a few months we’ll have [Lorenzo] Insigne back too,” De Laurentiis told Il Mattino.

“Let’s not forget that Lavezzi makes €4.5 million a year and, above all else, that he was the one who wanted to leave Napoli in the first place.

“He made that decision in 2011, when we asked him to stay for another year. Then in 2012 he moved to Paris Saint-Germain.

“Sometimes the agents of the players amuse themselves by mentioning our names, but we have nothing to do with Lavezzi or Balotelli.”

De Laurentiis is also hopeful that head coach Rafa Benitez will sign a new contract at the club as he aims to bring some continuity to the San Paolo.

“I hope he will stay with us because giving continuity to the club’s technical project represents the best solution. We’ll know everything in a few months from now,” he added.

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