Though his name swims in the polluted water of a defunct Miami anti-aging clinic being investigated by Major League Baseball for providing performance enhancing drugs, Francisco Cervelli has removed himself from Italy’s World Baseball Classic roster to concentrate on becoming the Yankees’ starting catcher.

“I talked to [Italy’s] manager three days ago and he understood everything,’’ Cervelli said yesterday at George M. Steinbrenner Field. “This is what I’m looking for.’’

Cervelli, battling Chris Stewart for the No. 1 job, says the Yankees didn’t pressure him to leave Team Italy.

“They told me I can do it,’’ Cervelli said of the Yankees. “It’s my own decision. I stopped playing winter ball in December and I talked to the manager in January and they put me on the roster.’’