Uruguay forward Edinson Cavani has signed a contract extension with Manchester United quelling the exit rumours that have the 34-year-old’s stay in Manchester.
The Manchester United board and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer have been keen to keep the former Napoli man following his impact at the club since arriving from French giants Paris Saint Germain as a free agent in the summer.
Italian sports journalist Fabrizio Romano who specializes in football transfers revealed Cavani who is on a stellar run of form had signed a contract extension to keep him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022, with Manchester United confirming the extension hours later.
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The striker revealed his admiration for Manchester United fans, hinting that they were the main reason he agreed to a new deal.
“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,” the 34-year-old told the club’s website.
Cavani has 15 goals and five assists in 35 appearances for The Red Devils and came off the bench on Sunday to head in United’s third goal in the 3-1 win at Aston Villa, his fifth Premier League goal as a substitute marching the record held by Solskjaer in 1998/99 and former United Mexican striker Javier Hernandez ‘Chicharito’ in 2010/11.
5 – Edinson Cavani has equalled the Manchester United record for the highest number of Premier League goals scored as a substitute in a season, currently held by Chicharito in 2010-11 and Ole Gunnar Solskjær in 1998-99 (5 each). Weapon.
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United are just a point away from securing Champions League football next season and with Cavani’s poaching instincts assured for next season, it is all but a shot in the arm for the 20-time English champions.