Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani makes Valencia debut
Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani made his Valencia debut in last night’s 3-0 La Liga win against Celta Vigo.
Having been released by the Red Devils at the end of June, following the expiry of his contract, the Uruguay legend took his time finding a new club.
Having already played in Serie A, Ligue 1 and the Premier League, the 35-year-old was keen to play in another of Europe’s top five leagues – La Liga.
El Matador signed for Valencia at the end of last month, but having not played a competitive game of football since June, United’s former number 21 needed to build up fitness before making his Los Ches debut.
Edinson Cavani makes Valencia debut
Cavani started against Celta Vigo and played 71 minutes before being brought off by manager Gennaro Gattuso.
Valencia’s new number seven had 16 touches, but didn’t have one shot on goal, according to SofaScore.
However, after the game when speaking to Marca, Gattuso revealed that Cavani didn’t want to start the game due to his lack of fitness.
Gattuso originally claimed that the former United, Paris Saint Germain and Napoli marksman “did not want to play”, but he later explained the situation better.
Gattuso said: “He wanted to play 30 or 35 minutes, but there are players who have conditions to be there from the beginning. It has been three months without training with a team and it was important the previous work and also to have competition.
“When a 35-year-old player thinks that football is a priority for him, he always helps the teammate, he makes a career more than the rest to train.
“He has to improve his physical condition as usual, I am happy that he is going to stay with us here these weeks of break.
“He has worked 10 days with us very well and I think to get to his best condition he has to play, play and play. He wasn’t entirely convinced to start because of the physical risk, but I’m very happy.”
Unlike Manchester United’s Facundo Pellistri, Cavani hasn’t been called-up by Uruguay manager Diego Alonso for this month’s friendlies.
Cavani will instead stay with the Mestalla-based side and build up his fitness. With this winter’s World Cup likely to be Cavani’s last, the South America will be targeting arriving in Qatar ensuring he’s in the best possible physical condition.