Edinson Cavani hinted that he would remain at Paris Saint-Germain next season.
The future of Edinson Cavani has become one of the biggest soap operas in European football.
Linked with both Manchester United and Juventus by the likes of the Daily Star, both clubs may have been dealt a blow on Saturday night when the Uruguayan took the mic during Paris Saint-Germain’s title party at the Parc des Princes.
Short and sweet, he said, “Thank you everyone, see you next season.”
PSG beat Stade de Reims 3-2 on Saturday, with Cavani scoring twice, taking his tally to the season to 18. His second came at the end of the game and was his 10th goal in seven games. It was an amazing end to the season after the striker went nine Ligue 1 games without a goal.
His opening goal showed his renewed confidence. Running on to Marco Verratti’s excellent over the top pass before finishing with his left foot. It is unthinkable that Cavani would have been able to apply that level of finesse a few months ago.
With just minutes to go, the second wasn’t as impressive, but it was an ideal way to finish the season. Found by Javier Pastore, Cavani benefited from some terrible Reims defending before scoring PSG’s third.
Cavani’s turnaround has taken his future from likely being away from the French capital, to rumours in Italy, according to Maxifoot, of the club looking to extend his contract.
Recent comments to GQ magazine suggested that Cavani wasn’t happy about the positions he had to take for PSG, but Laurent Blanc has adapted slightly and using Javier Pastore as a No.10 playmaker, Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Cavani have been able to play more centrally together.
It is just a slight adaptation and Cavani is taking up the same positions he has all season, but it takes away the defensive responsibilities that diluted his attacking possibilities. That could be enough for Cavani to stay in Paris and reject the advances of Juventus and Manchester United.
Cavani seems to have recognised this, and his positive words would suggest the 28-year-old Uruguayan will remain at PSG for at least the next 12 months.