Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Manchester United, following talks with the club.
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.
Tonight, United take on Leicester City.
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 should still be monitored.
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
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.
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.”
— Daily Mail