Italian starlet 'certain' €30m Arsenal and Tottenham target will stay

Marco Verratti has no doubts that Paris Saint-Germain teammate Ezequiel Lavezzi won’t be leaving in January.

Life under Laurent Blanc in the French capital hasn’t been particularly kind to the Argentine, who has been handed only eight Ligue 1 starts this campaign and hit the back of the net twice.

The addition of Edinson Cavani, ironically one of the men he rose to prominence alongside at Napoli, has drastically raised the level of competition for minutes up front at PSG with Zlatan Ibrahimovic already monopolising a spot in the starting eleven.

Reports throughout November have suggested that Lavezzi is keen start anew elsewhere in January in view of the coming World Cup, with Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Inter, now under the direction of former San Paolo boss Walter Mazzarri, all tipped for a move to secure his services in 2014.

The 28-year-old has remained cryptic on his future at the Parc des Princes, quite typically maintaining that he’ll do everything in his power to right his downturn with the French champions, so continues to be viewed as a potential high-profile target.

Yet Italian international Verratti, himself facing constant links with a move back to his homeland, is adamant that Lavezzi won’t be leaving PSG anytime soon.

“I’m certain that Lavezzi will stay,” he said to Sky Sport Italia.

“He’s someone that lives for the enjoyment of the game. It was a little bit tough for him at the start of the season, but he’s now always smiling in training.

“He’ll stay at PSG for some time to come.”

Of course the young midfielder isn’t the man who will ultimately decide Lavezzi’s fate with Les Parisiens, yet his words do provide insight into the Argentine’s mental state, as Verratti would know quite well if he wasn’t prepared to fight on with his current employers.

Surely a move hasn’t been ruled out, however, and with Arsenal, Tottenham and Inter all looking to bolster their attacking options in the new year as Lavezzi’s situation remains tenuous, a concrete offer looks bound to end up on the table for the former Napoli man.

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