Edinson Cavani has hit the ground running at Manchester United and could be rewarded for his endeavours with an early contract extension.
According to The Daily Star, United’s executive vice chairman Ed Woodward ‘has opened talks with Cavani about extending his contract – and the former Napoli striker is keen to put pen to paper.’
United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer also responded positively when asked today whether the Uruguayan’s contract would be extended.
‘At the moment he looks like he has a few years left in him so I wouldn’t say anything else,’ Solskjaer said.
‘He’s been a great influence and has made a great impact since he’s come here… He’s got a few years left in him,’ he added.
The manager also said that he had no intention of using Cavani as an impact sub and that he sees him as an important member of the starting XI.
‘He’s definitely a starter,’ the Norwegian stressed.
‘You don’t classify a player of that quality as anything else.
‘We’ve got plenty of starters, more than 11 starters. When you’re at Man United you should believe in yourself and trust yourself.
‘I trust him, I trust all my players and we’ve got good competition for places. He’ll probably start more games that he will not start.’
Another interesting revelation from the manager was that the 33-year-old had asked if he could be given the famous number seven shirt when he joined the club.
‘That was the first thing he asked me when I spoke to him, if he could wear the number seven,’ the boss said.
‘We talk about the history of the shirt and, for me, with the history of his career and the experience he’s had and his personality when I spoke to him and having watched him before… I wasn’t in doubt that he could handle that no.7 shirt.
‘He’s so meticulous and professional with his habits, everything about him shows why he’s had the career he’s had and, at the age he’s now, he’s still one of the fittest players we’ve got.’
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