Edinson Cavani admits he would have quit Man Utd if he had known they were re-signing Cristiano Ronaldo
MANCHESTER UNITED striker Edinson Cavani revealed he wouldn't have agreed a contract extension with the club had he known they would land Cristiano Ronaldo.
Cavani, 35, had his No7 shirt taken from him when the Portuguese captain joined last summer.
It has been an injury plagued season for the big striker, only managing a mere 18 appearances across all competitions.
Cavani has dealt with various knocks, tendon irritation and a groin strain since the start of the campaign.
The Uruguayan sparked fury among Red Devils fans this term over his lack of fitness and frequent absences.
Reports claim that his contract is "not expected to be renewed" with the Premier League club.
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And Cavani admits he would have quit Man Utd sooner if he had known they were re-signing superstar Ronaldo.
Cavani, who was speaking to ESPN Brazil said: "Speaking the truth, for I always tell the truth, as it should be.
"At the moment it happened, I thought it was good that Manchester signed Cristiano.
"Knowing a little about the world of football today, the first thing I did was call my brother and I said: ‘Fernando, if this had happened a week ago, I would have asked you to sign with another club’.
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"But not because I didn’t want to play with Cristiano Ronaldo. No.
"Because I had the opportunity to meet him, and he’s a great professional, with his objectives, and that’s perfect for sportsmen.
"But as I know, after years in football, how things are these days… That’s why I was talking to my brother.
"It was more about understanding the situation. Not because I couldn’t play in my place at Manchester, but because there are a lot of things in football today that are different from how they were with other coaches, how it was before, years ago.
"But how it happened suddenly, at no time did I have any sensation. I thought: 'Let’s play, do the best we can'."
Boss Ralf Rangnick seemed to hint that Cavani may have played his last game for the Red Devils in the home win against Brentford.
The gaffer confirmed Cavani was "supposed" to return to training last week ahead of the final match at Old Trafford, but that didn't happen.
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Cavani came off the bench for a 15 minute cameo, which may have been a farewell.
Real Madrid will supposedly turn their attention to signing Cavani if they miss out on Erling Haaland.
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