Edinson Cavani has explained the reasoning behind his decision to stay at Manchester United for another season after he agreed a one-year extension to his contract. The Uruguayan striker had been in talks with Boca Juniors over a return to South America but instead signed up for one final year in Europe.
Cavani weathered early struggles at the club to end the season in sizzling form and as the clubs most reliable goalscorer, putting the ball in the back of the net 17 times in his debut season.
Manchester United were said to have been planning to make a move for a striker this summer but Cavani’s decision to stay will have given Ole Gunnar Solskjaer a timely boost and the room to focus on other options.
“I decided to play there for one more year. I think there’s a good team which is one reason to stay,” Cavani is quoted as saying by The Metro.
“There were negotiations. My brother (and agent) had some chats, things that happen in football, they’re normal. There’s nothing certain, but I think at some point I’ll come back to South America, I’ll play here.”
The club are expected to make a concerted effort to replace Cavani next summer and are unlikely to be blindsided by any last-minute decision.