Edinson Cavani has signed an one-year extension to his contract at Manchester United, keeping him at Old Trafford until June 2022.
Since joining the Red Devils as a free agent last October, Cavani has scored 15 goals in 18 appearances across all competitions, with nine of his goals coming in the Premier League – most recently at Aston Villa on Sunday (9 May).
Speaking on his growing ‘bond’ with the club and fellow players which led him to extend his stay, 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.”
Cavani also paid tribute to the performance of his teammates in providing him with “extra motivation” and is confident that “… together, we can achieve special things.”
United Manager, Ole Gunnar Solskjaer in particular attracted praise from Cavani who praised the Norwegian’s “confidence” which he believes enabled him to aim to deliver his best footballing ability.
This season though has seen Man Utd play their entire campaign without fans present except away at West Ham in early December, yet Cavani feels “touched” by the supporters’ passion.
Cavani therefore “cannot wait” to welcome fans back to Old Trafford in their final home game against Fulham on Tuesday 18 May and throughout next season, vowing to “… give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field.”
Reflecting on what he said last October about hoping that Cavani would bring ‘… energy, power, leadership and a great mentality…’, Gunnar Solskjaer admitted that he is happy to have been proven correct and that Cavani had exceeded his expectations.
Speaking on Cavani’s impact on the Red Devils, Gunnar Solskjaer said; “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.”
Gunnar Solskjaer also admitted that he was keen to retain Cavani and is excited to see how fans embrace the Uruguayan once spectators return to stadiums.