Edinson Cavani agrees new Manchester United contract to extend stay at club

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Edinson Cavani of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the 3-1 lead during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Manchester United  - Shutterstock
Edinson Cavani of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the 3-1 lead during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa and Manchester United - Shutterstock

Edinson Cavani has agreed to stay with Manchester United for another year, offering a major boost to manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as he prepares for next season.

The veteran Uruguay international, 34, is coming towards the end of a debut season in English football in which he has hit peak goalscoring form at precisely the right time.

But, while recent weeks appeared to have improved the chances of Cavani remaining at Old Trafford for a second season, it was still uncertain whether or not he would commit to another campaign in Manchester.

But the club confirmed that a one-year extension in Cavani’s contract had been triggered and agreed by both parties, ensuring he will remain in the Premier League for the 2021/22 season.

Cavani told the club's website: “Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents. I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.

“From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.

“I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field. I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.”

Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer added: “Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day. I have always wanted him to stay and experience the way our fans will respond to him as a player, and this means he will hopefully get that opportunity.”

The news will serve as a perfect pick-me-up for Solskjaer during a difficult period of fixture congestion and heightened tension with supporters protesting against the club’s owners.

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Cavani has been instrumental in a strong end to the season by the club, particularly in Europe, where he was outstanding in the remarkable 8-5 aggregate win over Roma in the semi-finals of the Europa League.

Having been involved in five of the six first leg goals, Cavani scored twice in the second leg, setting up a final date against Villarreal on May 26 in Gdansk, a game in which he is expected to start as the lone striker in what has become Solskjaer’s favoured formation.

However, earlier in the year, it appeared far from certain that Cavani would stay with United, whom he joined at the start of the season as a free agent, having been released by French giants Paris SG.

Cavani played no football from the middle of March 2020 until joining United in early October and the striker took time to gain match fitness after battling against Covid-19 over the summer.

Cavani’s one-year contract with United contained an optional extra year, that had to be agreed by both parties, and while Solskjaer always seemed keen to re-sign the veteran, once he had proved his fitness, his return had been in some doubt.

Quotes from his father Luis emerged at the start of March in which he claimed that his son was likely to return to South America, with Argentinian giants Boca Juniors reportedly desperate to sign him for a final hurrah.

Edinson Cavani of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the 3-1 lead during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa  - Shutterstock
Edinson Cavani of Manchester United celebrates after scoring the 3-1 lead during the English Premier League soccer match between Aston Villa - Shutterstock

However, Cavani’s form since the turn of the year - and particularly since the start of April - made re-signing him a priority for Solskjaer and United.

Cavani came off the bench to score the final goal in the 3-1 win at Aston Villa on Sunday, taking his tally to eight goals in his last seven games for the club, and 15 for the season in all competitions.

Solskjaer has also praised the impact Cavani has had in the United dressing room, particularly with his young forward players, and following last week’s Roma win likened his influence to former team mate Ryan Giggs.

“We had Ryan Giggs playing at the age he played and his teammates picked up something from him,” said Solskjaer. “And Edinson is like that as well.

“He is 34, he lives his life absolutely like a top professional. That’s how to look after yourself, that’s how to be focused, and I’m so pleased to have him in this squad.

“Even with his little English. Football is a language everyone understands and preparation and focus and concentration and professionalism is something that everyone understands and they can see it every day when they look at him – which is great for my young team.”

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