Edinson Cavani is staying at Paris Saint-Germain this summer, even if he remains unhappy at playing out of position, according to club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
The Uruguayan forward has consistently been linked with a move to Manchester United and Chelsea this campaign, per Alex Young of Goal.com. He recently fuelled rumours of a potential exit by voicing his unhappiness at being pushed onto the wing, as reported by L'Equipe and via Ian Holyman of ESPN FC.
Holyman reports quotes from Al-Khelaifi, who insists Cavani isn't going anywhere:
If he wants to change position, that's not his decision, it's that of the coach and he understands that. He's here to play where the coach decides to put him. He can talk with the staff and the club, but the decision will be that he stays with us. He's a star for the club. Of course he's staying.
Cavani's debut season at the Parc des Prince hasn't progressed like many thought it would. Although he has exerted himself for much of the campaign, Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation ensures he is farmed onto the flank, allowing Zlatan Ibrahimovic to excel in a lone striker's role.
While this provides PSG with a fast-paced, cut-and-thrust style of play, Cavani's finishing attributes are overlooked due to his residence away from the opposition's area. He has still scored 18 in 33 appearances across Ligue 1 and the Champions League, recorded by WhoScored.com, but Cavani is unlikely to replicate the 78 Serie A goals he accumulated throughout three seasons with Napoli.
Jose Mourinho recently criticised his forwards after Chelsea's loss to PSG in the Champions League quarter-final first leg. He rued his lack of "real strikers" in the fallout to the Blues' 3-1 defeat, hinting a splurge in the summer transfer market isn't far away, reported by Sam Wallace of The Independent.
Al-Khelaifi's comments suggest Cavani should be taken off the list, despite the player appearing open to a Premier League move during his chat with L'Equipe, via Daniel Jones of the Metro:
Chelsea were interested. But the only thing that matters in the transfer window is spending money, just like Palermo did in 2009, Napoli in 2011 and PSG did last summer.
I do not know (if my agent has met with United and Chelsea). If something should happen, it’s my brother who will do it and will be at the table with interested parties.
Ibrahimovic is expected to miss up to three weeks after sustaining a hamstring injury during the Chelsea game, per John Drayton of the Daily Mail. Cavani is likely to be pushed forward into his preferred striking position with Lucas Moura coming onto the flank, a change that could halt the former's frustration for the time being.
Al-Khelaifi appears intent on keeping the 27-year-old no matter what. Despite his annoyance, Cavani is already a key player for PSG and is set to play a major role in the club's push for silverware. Although this appears to be a situation that will continue bubbling until ultimately sorted, he is set to remain in the French capital for the foreseeable future.
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