Why Edinson Cavani decided to stay at Manchester United

The 34-year-old ended speculation over his future by signing a one-year extension with the club. Edinson Cavani has revealed his growing aff...

The 34-year-old ended speculation over his future by signing a one-year extension with the club.


Edinson Cavani has revealed his growing affection for Manchester United was the catalyst behind his decision to stay at the club.

The Uruguayan forward penned a new one-year deal on Monday, extending his stay at Old Trafford beyond the end of the season.

The 34-year-old has been in terrific form in recent matches and has netted nine Premier League goals this term, and 15 in all competitions, with eight of those strikes coming in his last seven appearances.

There were doubts over whether Cavani would stay at Old Trafford, with his father claiming his son wanted to leave the club, but Cavani has explained the true motivation behind his decision to pen fresh terms with United.

"To answer that question sincerely, about what the reasons were behind it and what is my motivation to stay, quite simply I would say it is exactly what this club represents, what Manchester United represents as an entity, as an organisation," Cavani told club media.

"That is down to the club itself, but also the people who work behind the scenes and within the club, obviously the supporters as well.

As the days, weeks and months pass by, you do get to develop a huge affection for the club and I think, on a human level, it creates a bond with yourself, your team-mates and everybody who is part of the club, and you start to feel that.

"You notice that it is a real motivation and it gives you a desire to want to stay. I am very excited and keen to stay for another season, to give it my best, to help the club on the field as I can and hopefully bring some happiness and joy to the supporters.”

One of the main reasons Cavani was considering returning to South America was to be closer to his family, but he said he was happy to put that on hold for another year to continue his United adventure.

He added: “Family is really important. I think particularly in our Hispanic culture as well. It is a real pillar of our existence, family life. I am creating and building my own family here, and the closeness of your family is very, very important.

That was one thing that did make the decision a little more difficult perhaps, the fact that - you probably heard that I was thinking that, after so many years of playing in Europe, all over Europe, being away from your close-knit family back home in Uruguay, your parents, your brothers, sisters, nephews, nieces, all of those close family members you have missed for so many years, I had kind of promised myself that I would return and spend some time to catch up on all of those years I had missed through playing football abroad.

"But, talking about family again, my immediate family, with my partner and our children here, we sat down and had a good chat. We decided that because of the love that has been shown, that affection that has been shown by the fans, everyone within the club and my team-mates, we decided that we would sacrifice – not in a negative way – and put on hold going back to our family and parents back home.

"We wanted to do it for everyone who has shown that genuine affection for us and, as I say, family is the pillar of your existence, the most important ethical thing of your life, but we wanted to stay and play for one more year because of that kindness we have been shown here.”

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