Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani is expected to wait until the end of the season before making a decision on his future at the club.
The Uruguayan penned a one-year contract when he joined as a free agent last summer, and although there is the option to extend that by a further year, reports in Argentina suggested that Cavani had already decided to join Boca Juniors at the end of the season.
Cavani’s father then joined in on all the fun by claiming that the striker was unhappy at United and longed to return to South America. However, ESPN have poured cold water on that by stating that Cavani plans to remain in Europe to boost his chances of playing at the 2022 World Cup.
He is not believed to have held talks with anyone from Boca and instead plans to wait until the summer before deciding on his next move. As for United, they are waiting until Cavani recovers from his current injury before opening talks.
Speaking at a press conference ahead of Thursday’s Europa League tie with AC Milan, manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also rejected the idea that Cavani had already made a decision about his future.
“From my bad Portuguese and his better English he is very proud to play for Man Utd and he’s always going to give his best,” the boss stated. “A decision hasn’t been made.
“As we’ve said he’s made a great contribution so far, we’re just working on getting him back on the pitch and fit and we’ll convince him when the weather in Manchester improves.
“He knows we’re very fond of what he’s given to the club even though he’s probably played less games than he probably wanted to.”
Cavani has managed 25 appearances in all competitions this season, 13 of which have come as a starter. Instead, Solskjaer has preferred to keep his faith in younger players like Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood, using Cavani predominantly as an impact sub.
It’s that limited role which has sparked the concerns over Cavani’s alleged unhappiness. The 34-year-old was one of the game’s scariest hitmen just two years ago and the rumours suggest he is still confident of performing at that level.