Lavezzi: Paris Saint-Germain would be interested in De Rossi

Ezequiel Lavezzi

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Paris Saint-Germain forward Ezequiel Lavezzi believes his club’s ambition could be the ingredient required to sign Daniele De Rossi.

The 29-year-old Italy international has been touted as a potential transfer target for Manchester City in recent months, but Lavezzi is confident the aspirations of les Parisiens’ owners could lead to the player moving to France.

“With players like [De Rossi], it is clear that a team as big and with the ambition of Paris Saint-Germain would be interested,” the Uruguayuan told Sky Sport 24.

The former Napoli man moved to France over the summer and admits he misses life in Italy, while making a comparison between Edinson Cavani and one of his new, high-profile team-mates.

“I must admit that I miss Naples,” he added.

“I see [Edinson] Cavani as a very strong player, I consider him to be on a par with [Zlatan] Ibrahimovic.”

Chelsea target Falcao dreams of move abroad

Atletico Madrid striker Radamel Falcao has opened the door to a potential switch to Chelsea after admitting that he is “dreaming” of a move to a different league. exclusively revealed on Tuesday that the Champions League holders are closing in on a deal to take the Colombia international to Stamford Bridge in January.

The Blues have opened up informal talks over a £48.1 million move for the Atletico sensation, who has already struck 10 goals in La Liga this campaign, with owner Roman Abramovich keen to activate the former Porto star’s release clause at Vicente Calderon.

The 26-year-old forward has now paved the way to a potential move abroad, revealing that it is his dream to make the move to a foreign league.

Falcao told Radio Caracol: “The chance of playing in another league and for another club will come. I keep dreaming.

“I know that in time I would like to go to a different team. But I have three more years left on my contract with Atletico.”

Falcao, who is also attracting interest from the likes of Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain, went on to state his objectives, including helping Colombia reach the World Cup finals in Brazil in 2014.

“There are dreams that I have met and others that I am achieving now. I dream of reaching the World Cup with Colombia, and also to keep winning with my club,” he added.

“In my head I have these objectives, they are very clear. I can’t think after these objectives.”

The in-form front man scored 25 goals in La Liga last season, finishing third in the top scorer charts behind Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo, and has cleared up reports that he was deliberately being left out of Atletico’s Europa League matches ahead of a potential January exit.

“The reason I don’t play in the Europa League is because of a technical decision by [Atletico boss Diego] Simeone, not because I’m leaving in January. It’s just a precaution,” Falcao said.

“I am not friends with Cristiano Ronaldo or Messi. But when I see them on the field, I exchange words with the two.

“The dream is always there. The Premier League is an interesting league but I have a few years left on my contract with Atletico and I’m just focusing on Atletico.”

Granero dismisses QPR exit talk

Esteban Granero has assured QPR fans that he is not looking to leave the club just three months after joining Mark Hughes’ side.

The Spaniard arrived in west London on a four-year deal from La Liga champions Real Madrid. The midfielder is yet to taste any sort of success though, with the club currently rock bottom of the Premier League without a win in any of their opening 11 matches.
The midfielder has impressed many with his performances since making the move from the Spanish capital, and has insisted that he has no desire to leave the club despite rumours linking him with a swift exit from Loftus Road.

He told Sky Sports: “I assure every supporter – I want to be here. I have heard some of that [speculation], but it’s not true.

“I came here to face challenges and I’m not the kind of footballer who runs away when things are not going very good. I like being here. I want to push the team to the place they deserve.”

Drogba phone call leaves Zaha '50-50' over England future

Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha has revealed how a phone call from Didier Drogba has left him pondering whether to commit his international future to Roy Hodgson’s England or the Cote d’Ivoire, and has spoken out about his dream of becoming a Premier League star.

Having been born in the former Ivorian capital Abidjan before moving to England at the age of four, Zaha is eligible to represent either nation, and an appearance for England in Wednesday’s match with Sweden would not represent any commitment from Zaha due to its status as a Fifa-recognised ‘non-competitive’ fixture.

Indeed, former Chelsea talisman Drogba has already been in touch with the Palace prodigy in an attempt to secure a commitment from the winger to the west African nation, something Zaha claims came as a complete surprise to him.

“Didier called me and I was shocked, to be honest,” Zaha told the Daily Mail. “He’s a humble guy and he was just talking to me about the Ivory Coast.

“I was born in the Ivory Coast but all I know is England. It’s 50-50 at the moment but it’s a choice I will have to make at some stage.

“I’ve been with the Under-21s and, now that I am with England, I will have to make a decision.”

The 20-year-old also spoke about how his ambition to play in the Premier League is only intensified by what he hears from his England Under-21 teammates.

With Palace presently sitting top of the Championship table, Zaha’s dream could well be realised next season with his current club. That would surely be the ideal scenario for the winger, although he refused to speculate on how his target could be met should promotion not be achieved at Selhurst Park.

“I spoke with Jordan Henderson and Raheem Sterling and they both said the Premier League is the place to be,” Zaha added. “I’m not saying I’m leaving Palace but that’s where I want to play. I want to come up against defenders who will properly test me.”

The attacker also told of the supreme confidence he feels when he takes to the football pitch. With the notable exception of two high-profile talents, Zaha does not see himself as possessing inferior talent to any of his peers.

“I’d never look at someone and think he’s better than me, unless it’s Cristiano Ronaldo or Lionel Messi,” said the forward. “When I get on the pitch it’s my time.”

Manchester City star Balotelli is going nowhere, claims agent

Mario Balotelli has no intention of leaving Manchester City, despite his struggle to nail down a first-team spot according to his agent, Mino Raiola.

The representative’s comments come in the wake of the Italian being omitted from City’s matchday squad for their clash with Tottenham on Sunday, with the Italian unable even to secure a place among the substitutes.

In recent weeks, Sergio Aguero and Carlos Tevez have represented Roberto Mancini’s first-choice striking partnership, while Edin Dzeko has developed a knack for goals from the bench, earning the club a remarkable nine points as a substitute so far this season.

“He doesn’t want to leave,” Raiola told reporters. “There’s no player who is ever happy with not playing in a game, but he accepts it. It’s all part of the game.”

Balotelli has long been the subject of a rumoured move away from Manchester, and his club reportedly rejected approaches from PSG and former club Inter for the striker in the summer.

The 22-year-old, however, is focused on regaining his place in the first team at his current club as opposed to seeking a starting berth elsewhere, according to his agent.

“There is no [transfer to] Italy and no plans to go there,” Raiola added. “He’ll work until the end of his contract. [Sunday’s omission] doesn’t mean he wants to leave Manchester.”