Edinson Cavani announced last month he would be staying at Manchester United.
The 34-year-old striker committed his future to the club by signing a one-year contract extension, ending speculation over his future.
ESPN had reported in April that Cavani was considering a summer move to Argentine side Boca Juniors.
Cavani has admitted this was a genuine option and says that talks were held.
Speaking in Uruguay, quoted by TyC Sports: “The conversation with Boca was real.
“I had a clause that I could use at the end of the season and after a few months here in Uruguay, to see what is happening after almost two years of pandemic, to lose many things, not to be able to see your family … Everything begins to be very heavy and I analysed the idea of getting closer to my family.”
Cavani at this point had been going through a difficult stretch at United, missing games in February and March due to injuries, including both legs of Europa League ties against Real Sociedad and then AC Milan.
Why Cavani stayed
Speaking about his decision to extend his United deal, Cavani said he wanted to leave a lasting impression at Old Trafford.
Quoted by Depo Argentina, he added: “I coldly thought that I would not like to go through Manchester United and leave nothing behind, so I wanted to continue for another year and seek goals that motivate me.”
And we are grateful Cavani wanted to extend his deal. He ended the season in fantastic form, reaching 17 goals in total.
Cavani played a huge role in United reaching the Europa League final, scoring four goals in the semis, and he even netted in the final before the team lost on penalties.
Winning silverware would have been memorable for Cavani, and he will be even more determined to triumph next season, having come so close this time around.
The opportunity to play in front of fans at Old Trafford is also believed to have appealed to Cavani. He has done so just once, in front of a crowd of 10,000, and scored a memorable long range goal. Hopefully with near full stadiums returning next season, the experience will be even better.
Cavani season not finished
Cavani gets a brief break this week from World Cup qualifiers because he is serving a suspension.
After that he will be involved for Uruguay in their Copa America campaign.
Uruguay face Argentina in their opening game, with Chile, Bolivia, and Paraguay to follow.
We have no doubt Cavani will deliver performances to be proud of, but we just hope he can stay injury free and get some rest ahead of next season.
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