Manchester United announced on Monday the contract extension of Edinson Cavani (34) until June 2022. Arrived during the last summer transfer window, the Uruguayan agreed with the Red Devils to extend the pleasure a more season, despite strong interest from Boca Juniors. An option for an additional year negotiated upon signature. At the microphone of 2 from Punta in Uruguay, el Matador gave his reasons. “I put this clause on my arrival. Considering my age, I wanted to be able to leave if I wanted to. I did not know if I would last two years, because I wanted to come back to my relatives, my land, my business. Half of my life has been devoted to football, it has taken me away from my parents and my brothers. You don’t know what can happen. The club agreed to this clause. We discussed, in full transparency. They always wanted me to stay. They told me again four months after my arrival. They didn’t wait for the goals I scored recently. Obviously, it weighed too, but it dates from longer ”, he confided before continuing.
“Two months ago, I told them my thoughts, my doubts, honestly. There was no strategy, nothing economical, it came from the heart and that’s what I felt. I will try to fight one more year, help this club one more season ”, he explained, specifying the reasons for his choice. “The decision is a set of things, the affection that I have been given despite this particular year with the pandemic. The affection of the people within the club, incredible, sincere, from the manager to the employees, who are truly supporters of their club, they have shown me day after day. (…) The confidence and recognition of the coach (Ole Gunnar Solskjaer), which is good for the soul, especially coming from a former player ”, he said, stressing the importance of his partners in his choice.
Convinced by Solskjaer and its partners
“There was a moment, I thought, I can’t just leave here like this. It’s a matter of the heart, of pride. I said to myself: “you must give yourself the chance to live another great season, to fight to win titles with this club, to leave your mark in this club, as you have done elsewhere”. For the people, for this affection. My partners, who told me: “don’t leave Edi, we love you”. One of them said to me: “if you go, I’m going to want to cry”. All this motivated me to try to continue the adventure here », he revealed, not hiding his difficulties during his first steps in England. “Here, at the beginning, it was complicated, a new country, a complicated climate, with English that I did not understand perfectly. All of this made it difficult to adapt. Then there was the story with my publication on Instagram (he was suspended three matches by the FA for a post deemed inappropriate, editor’s note). Other little things complicated my first months ”, he confessed.
Happy to have stacked up with MU, the Celeste striker also returned to the Boca Juniors option, which has indeed presented itself to him in recent months. “Boca, it was concrete. They showed me their interest, their desire, but everything was always clear. Is the door still open? I never closed it. For my part, I showed my feeling. Reality is this. Today, I am at Manchester United, with the desire to give my maximum. I am happy. My family and I have had a great time here. I will give everything here until the end, the last minute of my last match ”, he concluded. Old Trafford supporters can rest assured, Edinson Cavani intends to continue to mark and write MU history. No doubt in the Europa League final against Villarreal.