Boca Juniors manager confirms that Edinson Cavani wanted to move in January

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Boca Juniors vice-president Juan Roman Riquelme has confirmed that Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani wanted to leave Old Trafford in January.

A high-profile free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain in the summer of 2020, Cavani initially played a reserve role at United and made just 13 Premier League starts during his debut season, with Anthony Martial dominating the minutes of the attack.

Towards the end of last season, rumors surfaced that Cavani was tired of his limited role at Old Trafford and longed for a move to Boca, and Riquelme has now revealed that he discussed a transfer during a conversation he had with the Uruguay striker. in January.

“In January, Cavani called me and said he wanted to join Boca because he did not play that much there,” Riquelme told TNT Sports. “I’ve talked to him for a long time and he called me in January because he did not play there.

“I remember we talked one day, and the next day he came on and scored two goals in the last minutes. He made a comeback.

“From then on, he started scoring in all his matches and they renewed his contract.”

Riquelme seems to mention the 3-2 victory over Southampton at the end of November 2020, where Cavani came off the bench at half time with United under 2-0 and changed the game overall and scored an assist and two late goals. to win the victory.

That form gave him more appearances towards the end of the 2020/21 season, but this year he has fought for opportunities after the summer signing of Cristiano Ronaldo.

Cavani has only two starts in all competitions in his name this season, but he scored when he had to nod with Ronaldo in the recent 3-0 victory over Tottenham.

As he now approaches 35 years, Cavani will be out of contract during the summer and will clearly have a decision to make. Not being a regular starter is an obvious problem for the striker, who could choose to continue in the hunt for a-team football.

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