Paolo Cannavaro's new contract talks with Napoli remain at deadlock.

The defender's current deal expires in June and there is a deadline in December for Napoli to meet his demands.

Canavaro is seeking a new three-year contract extension, but is willing to take a pay-cut to stay with his hometown club.

For the moment, Napoli are yet to respond and their interest in Espanyol defender Victor Ruiz has Cannavaro's minders nervous.