Edinson Cavani signs one-year contract extension with Manchester United, making a u-turn on his plans to move to Boca Juniors after Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s plea for him to stay on
- Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Man United
- The club are expected to announce the news of the fresh deal imminently
- Cavani had the option of the extension but had reservations about staying on
- The in-form Uruguayan has eight goals in his last seven games for the Red Devils
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been forthcoming in recent weeks regarding his desire to see the in-form veteran continue at Old Trafford, and now an agreement has been reached.
Cavani, 34, has signed until the summer of 2022 after turning down an enticing offer from Boca Juniors in order to spend one more season in elite European football.
Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Manchester United
It is expected that United will confirm the news imminently, ahead of their match with Leicester City on Tuesday evening.
The news arrives off the back of a dazzling run for Cavani, who recently hit a brace in Rome to book United’s place in the Europa League final, before coming off the bench to score against Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Uruguayan has now displaced Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice forward, though Solskjaer remains insistent that the minutes of the veteran star must still be monitored.
Cavani has adapted to English football and created an understanding with Bruno Fernandes
Earlier in the campaign Solskjaer told fans the club was in dialogue with Cavani, outlining: ‘We’re speaking to Eddy.
‘Edinson is a top striker and whatever he decides to do, let’s see. We’re in good dialogue with him.’
After being slowly eased into life at United, Cavani found his game time limited and was understood to be frustrated with a lack of opportunities and first-team minutes in the opening months.
Matters were made worse at the turn of the year when the striker found himself embroiled in a race row, after issuing a social media post in which he referred to one of his close friends as ‘negrito.’
Cavani was hit with a three-match ban and £100,000 fine by the Football Association in late December, which was understood to have had huge bearing on his then determination to call time on his Premier League stint.
The action taken against Cavani by the FA caused a global stir, and even prompted the unprecedented act of the Uruguay national team issuing a collective statement in which they accused English football of committing a ‘true discriminatory act’ by punishing their team-mate for using the supposed colloquial term.
Earlier in the year Cavani’s father, Luis, said his son wants to return to South America to be closer with his young family
Cavani had flirted with the idea of joining Argentine giants Boca for several months, and was said to be pushing for the move in order to better suit his wife and children with a return to more familiar surroundings.
His father Luis also went as far as to publicly state Cavani wanted out of Old Trafford, leading the player himself to ease tension and insist he remained ‘proud to wear this shirt.’
In late April, Solskjaer conceded that a return to more familiar settings in South America may have been on the cards for Cavani.
The United boss told reporters: ‘Edinson is not 100% decided on his future yet.
‘He’s not told me he wants to leave but I am very aware he might be going back home to South America. If that’s his decision, I will understand that.’
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had make no secret of his desire for Cavani to prolong his United stay
Now, however, a decision has been reached and Cavani will continue to wear the colours of United for at least one more season, as the club look to build on the progress of the current campaign and make an assault on the league title and Champions League.
Cavani signed on a free transfer from French giants Paris Saint-Germain in October 2020, reportedly taking a 35 per cent pay cut to move to Old Trafford but netting a signing on fee in the region of £6million.