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Sampdoria have dismissed reports that striker Giampaolo Pazzini will be sold in the January transfer window.

The 25-year-old Italy international, who joined Samp from Fiorentina in January last year, is reportedly a target for a number of clubs, including Premier League leaders Chelsea.

However, sporting director Giuseppe Marotta says that although there is interest, Pazzini will be staying at Stadio Luigi Ferraris.

“We will not give Pazzini now – 99 per cent he will not go away,” he said.

“I have already met the shareholders and there is no problem.

“Chelsea? There is an interest but a deal is something very different.

“If Pazzini can leave in June? There is so much time between now and June, it is still too early to talk about it.”

Pazzini has been in fine form so far this season, and Chelsea manager Carlo Ancelotti is thought to be an admirer of the striker.

Manager Luigi Del Neri does not want him to leave in January, although he admits a deal could be done in June.

He said: “Every coach wants to keep his best players.

“It depends by club and I think that the idea is to keep Pazzini until June, when we’ll evaluate if there is the possibility of sending him to a top club.”

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