Edinson Cavani Is Already Planning His Exit From Manchester United
Edinson Cavani has hinted he has his post-Manchester United career in mind, before playing a game for Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's side.
The Uruguayan striker was wanted by several clubs at the end of his seven-year stint at PSG - and has admitted to ESPN that he held talks with Boca Juniors, adding that it would be "something very nice" to one day wear the Argentinian club's shirt.
Fine if Cavani was 23 years old. But as he's 33 and coming to the end of his career, he's not leaving himself much time to fit in a spell at Old Trafford, then pull on a blue-and-yellow Boca shirt.
On his talks with Boca vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme, Cavani told ESPN: "Roman wrote to me with great respect, he wanted to know how I was in this situation, with a very particular salary and we had a very respectful talk.
"Boca is a giant of the world, any footballer would like to play there. There were several Uruguayan players out there. Following the history of our football arouses curiosity."
Steady on, Edinson old boy: you've not even shared a dressing room with Harry Maguire yet. But PSG's record goalscorer ploughed on.
"There are some secrets from the conversation with Roman, you have to ask him if he wants to tell them," Cavani added mysteriously. "We will see what happens in the future. It would be very nice to be able to play at Boca one day."
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Perhaps suddenly remembering he was actually set to make his Premier League debut, the chiseled attacker then continued: "I have a two-year contract with Manchester United. I want to do my best here. I feel good.
"The day I return to South America is not going to be when I have nothing left to give. I am realistic, I want to play until I feel good. I will play these two years and see if I continue or go back to South America."
So there we have it. Cavani - now the owner of the No 7 shirt which is the most prestigious in United's history - is ready to do his best. But he also wants to keep something in the tank for when he potentially plays for Boca Juniors in the future. Right.
Cavani has proven class as a goalscorer, with a superb record in Italy, France and at international level (boasting 50 goals in 116 appearances). So Man United snapping him on a free transfer looks great business.
However there were rumours that the preferred destination of the player himself may have actually been Atletico Madrid, a move likely scuppered by his Uruguay teammate and friend Luis Suarez joining the club from Barcelona this summer.
Cavani's United debut is likely to be delayed by his quarantine period, but he could be ready to face former side Paris Saint-Germain in the Champions League on 20 October. Let's just hope Cavani leaves his Boca shirt at home and remembers to put on his Red Devils No 7 kit instead.
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