Manchester United may well get their hands on Edinson Cavani for another season after the striker has reportedly been asked to stay in Europe.
Cavani, 34 years old challenged his veteran status at Old Trafford this season and scored his eighth goal of the season in the victory at Tottenham this weekend. He also had another chalked goal after a foul by Scott McTominay in the preparation. There is no doubt that United want to keep No.9 and Ole Gunnar Solskkaer has admitted that.
Asked if Cavani will stay, Solskjaer said Sky Sports: “It’s up to Edi. He knows my feelings, I know his feelings. It is not yet decided.
“I understand that it has been a difficult year for everyone. But for a new boy who doesn’t speak English and doesn’t feel the English culture, going to people, having friends, it’s in the back of your mind if that’s what you want. You can’t invite your family.
“Let’s keep our fingers crossed, but if he decides it’s just this season, we were lucky to have him here.”
Now it appears the striker has sought the advice of Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez. And, according to Depo (via Sport Witness), Tabarez advised Cavani to stay in Europe.
The 74-year-old manager believes Cavani had better play in Europe at least until the World Cup. This takes place in November / December 2022 in Qatar.
The report claims Cavani would be “more self-sufficient” in Europe, where he has been playing football since 2007.
United are hoping to exercise a 12-month option on their “high economic bid” contract.
Argentina’s feeling is that Boca Juniors should find it increasingly difficult to land Cavani. They hope to lure the ex-man from Danubio on a free transfer this summer.
Last month Football insider reported that the former Paris Saint-Germain ace had agreed to join Boca. He reportedly had ‘in-depth discussions’ with club vice president Juan Roman Riquelme and reached an agreement “in principle”.
Cavani was banned for three games on New Years Eve for using a racial term in a social media post.
The player responded to a message congratulating him on his success against Southampton. But he used the Spanish word “negrito” in the post.
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The word translates to “little black person”. It is commonly used as a term of affection in Uruguay and other Spanish speaking countries.
The FA determined that the post was “insulting, abusive, inappropriate and brought the game into disrepute.”
Cavani deleted the message “as soon as it was explained that it can be interpreted differently” and apologized.
United stressed that there was no racist intent behind the post. They said Cavani chose not to challenge the charge “out of respect and solidarity with the FA and the fight against racism in football”.
This did not prevent the Association of Uruguayan Soccer Players from speaking on behalf of Cavani in a long statement very critical of the FA and its “arbitrary behavior”.
It read: “Far from condemning racism, the English Football Federation itself has committed an act of discrimination against the culture and way of life of the Uruguayan people.”
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