Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has insisted Edinson Cavani could stay at the club. The Uruguay international has been linked with a move to Boca Juniors ahead of the summer transfer window. And, ahead of the Red Devils’ FA Cup showdown with Leicester, his manager has spoken out.
Cavani’s father, Luis, recently claimed his son would look to leave Old Trafford.
“My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again,” he said. “Edinson is going to end up playing in South America.
“I want Edinson to play in a team that fights for something important. Edinson had many conversations with Riquelme and he would like to play for Boca. He was always seduced by the idea of playing in Boca.
“If he returns to South America he is leaning towards Boca. By the middle of the year he will return to South America.
“My son’s idea is not to continue there, he wants to return.”
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But Solskjaer has now set the record straight, insisting Cavani could stay for another year.
“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” said the 48-year-old.
“We want a competitive squad and we need someone up there to score the goals for us. So we’re looking at it.”
After his father’s comments, Cavani posted a picture celebrating his goal against Everton with a big smile on his face.
He’s missed the club’s last four matches and Solskjaer has admitted he’s unsure why the 33-year-old keeps suffering from minor injuries.
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“We haven’t really got to the bottom of it with Edinson,” said the Norwegian.
“He’s worked really hard and is joining training sessions and towards the end of training sessions when he needs to chop it up and feel 100 per cent ready for the game and he hasn’t really gotten there yet.
“So, it’s down to him.
“He wants to be 100 per cent when he joins in. He doesn’t want to come in and look off the pace, so hopefully he can be ready for Sunday but I’m not sure either, because after the training yesterday he felt something that he couldn’t travel with us.”
With Cavani and Marcus Rashford out injured, Solskjaer could be forgiven for feeling fearful.
But the United boss has insisted he’s not worried about the club’s current situation – and has hinted Anthony Martial will return for the Leicester showdown.
“Not concerned at all,” he said.
“I just want Anthony fit. Same with Paul. We just want them to go and play. They’ve missed too many games.
“This was a hip injury he got against AC Milan a week ago, we hoped he was going to be ready for West Ham and then he couldn’t make that one.
“Then he was close to getting fit for this one [against AC Milan]. He couldn’t make it but hopefully he can make Sunday [against Leicester].
“I’m not sure because he’s not reacted how we hoped. He’s working hard to get the treatment, in the pool, light work and everything to get ready.
“That’s the pleasing thing. He’s just wanting to get fit and I think it will benefit him going to France and playing.”
On Paul Pogba, he added: “We’ll have to see how much he can play.
“I’m not sure if he can play 90 minutes or if he can start, but you see the impact he can make if he comes on as a sub.
“If he feels okay, maybe we can start him as well.
“We have to see who the runners and riders are after tonight. It’s a long travel, we’ll be late back, so we’ll see. I hope he’s ready to start.”