Edinson Cavani has been spearheading Man United’s attack for the best part of the current season and it’s no secret that Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is eager to hold onto him for one more year.
The manager, on multiple occasions has hinted that he wants the South American to remain at the club for one more season and that he’s making every bit of effort to convince him to sign a new deal.
Finally on Monday, transfer expert Fabrizio Romano delivered a bombshell by claiming that the two parties have agreed to a new deal and that Edinson Cavani has already signed put pen to paper on a new contract.
He wrote on Twitter: “Edinson Cavani has signed his contract extension with Manchester United, here we go!
“The agreement has been completed, Cavani has accepted to stay after Man Utd board and Solskjaer were pushing to keep him. Confirmed and done deal.”
Edinson Cavani has signed his contract extension with Manchester United, here we go! 🚨🇺🇾 #MUFC
— Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) May 10, 2021
And within just hours of his announcement, Manchester United have officially confirmed that Edinson Cavani will be staying at Old Trafford beyond the summer.
The official statement read: “Manchester United is delighted to announce that Edinson Cavani has agreed a one-year contract extension, keeping him at the club until June 2022.”
Speaking after the announcement, Edinson Cavani said: “Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents. I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here. They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.
“From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.
🇺🇾 𝐄𝐋 𝐌𝐀𝐓𝐀𝐃𝐎𝐑 🐂
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) May 10, 2021
“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.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is obviously delighted with this and the manager has admitted that Edinson Cavani has been a huge influence at the club, both on as well as off the pitch.
The manager said: “I said when Edinson signed, that he would bring energy, power and leadership to this group and I haven’t been proved wrong, he has been everything I thought he would be and more.
“As coaches, we knew about his goalscoring record. However, it is his personality that has brought so much to this squad, he has a winning mentality and has an unequivocal attitude to everything he does.
“Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day. I have always wanted him to stay and experience the way our fans will respond to him as a player, and this means he will hopefully get that opportunity.”
Edinson Cavani joined Manchester United on a free transfer and so far he has netted 15 goals in 35 games across all competitions. At the start of the season, the South American was scheduled to play second fiddle to Anthony Martial but their roles have reversed over time and right now, Cavani is the talisman for Solskjaer.