Axel Tuanzebe is aiming to help Napoli win the Serie A title for the first time in more than 30 years after leaving Aston Villa over concerns Steven Gerrard's history at Liverpool was affecting his chances of getting first team football at Villa Park, his agent Dimitri Tuanzebe told ESPN.

Tuanzebe joined Villa on loan from Manchester United in the summer but the deal was cut short in January to allow the defender to join Napoli for the rest of the season.

Following Gerrard's appointment in November, Tuanzebe was restricted to just eight minutes of football, prompting brother and agent Dimitri to broker a move to Italy.

There were fears Liverpool's historic rivalry with United had become a factor in Gerrard's decision to overlook Tuanzebe but the 24-year-old is delighted to have been given a fresh start with Napoli.