Edinson Cavani Says Retirement Is Possible After End of PSG Contract in 2020

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistJanuary 14, 2019

PSG's Edinson Cavani celebrates after scoring his side's opening goal during the French League One soccer match between Amiens and Paris-Saint-Germain at the Stade de la Licorne stadium in Amiens, France, Saturday, Jan. 12, 2019. (AP Photo/Christophe Ena)
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Paris Saint-Germain forward Edinson Cavani has said he is considering retiring once his contract with the Ligue 1 side expires in 2020.

The Uruguay striker has been excellent in European football, developing a reputation as one of the most prolific players in the game. At 31, he remains a huge threat to opposition defences and a key part of the PSG setup.

However, Cavani told Le Parisien (h/t Jonathan Johnson of ESPN FC) he's not sure what the next step in his career will be when his current terms at the Parc des Princes run out:

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

PSG's Edinson Cavani: "Right now, I am playing towards the end of my contract (2020) & possibly my career. I will be 33 going on 34 when it is up. I do not know if I will continue after 2020 & if it will be in Paris. I feel good here, though, & I want to see my deal out." https://t.co/KUGM5gLvcI

The striker moved to the French capital from Napoli in 2013, and while he has rarely been the main man in attack for the team—he's had to share the spotlight with the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Neymar and Kylian Mbappe—the Uruguayan provides a tremendous focal point.

There was a time last term when it was doubtful as to whether Cavani would still be a PSG player in 2018, as the striker and Neymar were involved in an on-field dispute over who should take a penalty in a win over Bordeaux. 

Cavani said in an interview in April that there was "a certain tension, friction" between the two, per TV Globo's Altas Horas (h/t Sport). 

However, Neymar has said recently that the duo's relationship is improving, per CulturePSG (h/t Johnson):

Jonathan Johnson @Jon_LeGossip

Neymar on PSG teammate Edinson Cavani: "We are getting along better with each match -- we are very happy. We know & understand each other better & better. Our aim is to make everybody happy with assists & goals. As well as winning games, being happy is the most important thing." https://t.co/Pezly4BNFY

Neymar and Mbappe undoubtedly represent the future of the PSG attack, with the club spending huge money to bring in both players. Current manager Thomas Tuchel clearly still has a massive amount of faith in the veteran to lead the line, though.

In 2018-19 Cavani has started 12 Ligue 1 games for PSG and has notched 11 times in the competition. As of late he's been in brilliant form in the French top flight:

OptaJean @OptaJean

6 - Edinson Cavani 🇺🇾 has scored 6 of Paris' last 10 goals in Ligue 1, after scoring none of the previous 18. Precious. @PSG_English #ASCPSG https://t.co/QRSS0onybi

The striker has been linked with a number of high-profile European clubs recently. Neil Fissler of the Daily Express said in December that Chelsea were considering a £50 million move for Cavani in an attempt to alleviate their issues up top.

In addition, the striker's former club Napoli are regularly linked with a move for Cavani in the gossip columns. The Serie A side's chairman Aurelio De Laurentiis said they would sign the striker "if PSG give us him free" and "he settles for €6-7 million per season," per Radio Kiss Kiss (h/t Football Italia).

Given he's kept himself in excellent shape and is still performing at a high level, you sense a number of elite teams would look to snap Cavani up if his PSG contract isn't extended.

If clubs the calibre of Chelsea and Napoli do make him an offer at that point, then it wouldn't be a big shock to see the Uruguayan go on for a while yet.