Lavezzi the letter writer opens the door to Liverpool - 24 hours after pledging future to Napoli
02 June 2009 03:39
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Hurt: Lavezzi doesn't feel he has been treated properly by his Serie A employers
Reported Liverpool target Ezequiel Lavezzi seems ever more likely to be heading out of Napoli after writing a letter to fans in which he claims to have been treated with a lack of respect by the club.
The striker, who is under contract at the Serie A side until 2012, insisted yesterday (Monday) he wants to remain at Napoli despite reported interest from the Reds.
However, the 24-year-old looks to have changed his mind amid reports of a falling out with sporting director Pierpaolo Marino.
'I'm writing this letter to the fans who have always been close to me,' read Lavezzi's letter.
'It's a difficult time and I hope that soon the situation will become clearer as much for you as for me.
'Theonly sure thing is that one day there won't be either Lavezzi or Marinobut there will always be this great club and this immense city simplybecause Napoli does not belong to anyone, it represents the synthesisof the sentiment of their fans' dignity.
'Today I have to choose between dignity and a lack of respect, because of my loyalty tomy upbringing without doubt I choose dignity.'
Reports in Italy suggest Lavezzi's representatives met with Manchester United chiefs in Madrid with a view to a move to Old Trafford.
The Argentina forward's agent claims he has an offer on the table from a big club but insists nothing has been decided yet.
'This is not a goodbye letter,' Alejandro Mazzoni told Sky Italia. 'He was thinking about leaving an explanation for the fans, who are important for him.
'He never said he wanted to leave Napoli. Thereis a very real offer from a team who are playing in the ChampionsLeague and where he would earn much more than here.
'Marino had a strategy for arriving at the end of the season but he has not respected anything of what he promised.
'The lad wants to stay at Napoli. But for him what's more important isdignity which is above contracts, national teams, money - aboveeverything.
'If it was for the city and fans he wouldstay, 100 per cent, but if it was for the relationship between us and the directors, it would be close to zero.'