Edinson Cavani has put pen to paper on a one-year extension with Manchester United, following talks with the club.
Manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer had been upfront in recent weeks concerning his desire to see the in-form veteran continue at Old Trafford, and now an agreement has been reached.
Cavani, 34, has signed until the summer of 2022 after turning down a lucrative offer from Boca Juniors in order to spend one more season in elite European football.
The news arrives off the back following the dazzling run of form from the Uruguayan, who recently hit a brace in Rome to book United’s place in the Europa League final, before coming off the bench to score against Aston Villa on Sunday.
The Uruguayan has now replaced Marcus Rashford as United’s first choice forward, though Solskjaer remains insistent that the minutes of the veteran star must still be monitored.
“Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents,” Cavani told the club’s official website. “I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here.
“They give me extra motivation every day and I know that together we can achieve special things. From the very first moment that I arrived I felt the confidence of the manager.
As a player, this belief gives you the prefect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.
“I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field.
“I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.”
Cavani has 15 goals for United this season, with nine of those coming in the league.
While he has had impressive performances throughout the campaign, he has really stepped up in the last month where he has managed eight goals and three assists in his last seven appearances.
Edinson is a top striker and whatever he decides to do, let’s see. We’re in good dialogue with him.’
In late April, Solskjaer confirmed that a return to more familiar settings in South America may have been on the cards for Cavani.
The United boss told reporters: ‘Edinson is not 100% decided on his future yet.
The United manager has made it clear for a long time that he wanted the forward to stay and is understandably delighted he has committed to another year.
He said: “I said when Edinson signed that he would bring energy, power and leadership to this group and I haven’t been proved wrong. He has been everything I thought he would be and more.
“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.
“Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day.
“I have always wanted him to stay and experience the way our fans will respond to him as a player and this means he will hopefully get that opportunity.”
Now, however, a decision has been reached and Cavani will continue to wear the colours of United for at least one more season, as the club look to build on the progress of the current campaign and make a fight on the league title and Champions League.