PSG president says despite the rumours, Premier League target Edinson Cavani is going nowhere this summer.
There has been so much talk about the future of Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani this week. After weeks and weeks of denial from the club, the Uruguayan striker made some interesting statements before the first-leg against Chelsea. It is clear he is not 100% happy with his position in the clubs formation, and although this is not quite a come and get me plea, it has led to PSG president Nasser Al-Khelaifi to come out on French Radio station RMC and reiterate the French clubs stance. Manchester United and Chelsea fans shouldn’t get too excited, the president is adamant that Cavani is going nowhere.
"Cavani is very important for us, he is very professional and he gives everything. I appreciate that," said Al-Khelaifi.
"If he wants to change positions, it is not his decision, it is the coach and he understands that.
"He is there to play where the coach decides. He may discuss with the staff and the club but the decision will be remaining with us.
"He is a star for the club and of course he remains."
The important position in this story is not that Cavani is unhappy with his time in Paris, he has 14 league goals this season, but it is his starting position on the wing that he is unhappy about. Although in PSG’s 4-3-3 he is not restricted to hugging the right-flank, he is allowed to move across the pitch. So often during the Chelsea game he was found in the centre and then quite often he swapped wings with Ezequiel Lavezzi and appeared on the left.
At the start of the season it was expected that Laurent Blanc would play 4-4-2 and partner Cavani with Ibrahimovic, but after a couple of poor performances the 4-3-3 was tried and was very successful. The team has been playing well for most of the season and their current league position and the 3-1 lead over Chelsea cements that Blanc is getting it right.
Now with Ibrahimovic out for a couple of weeks with a hamstring injury, Cavani now has the chance to lead the line and show Blanc and PSG just how good he can be in that position.
Edinson Cavani, this is your chance.