United to hold talks with Cavani on contract extension: Solskjaer

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United to hold talks with Cavani on contract extension: Solskjaer




File photo of Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani celebrating after scoring against Everton


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File photo of Manchester United forward Edinson Cavani celebrating after scoring against Everton


Feb 19 (Reuters) – Manchester United will hold talks with Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani about extending his stay at the Premier League club, coach Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said.

Cavani joined United in October, the day of the transfer deadline, with a one-year contract with an option for another season following his departure from Paris St Germain.

The 34-year-old’s signing was questioned by the British media, but with seven goals and two assists in 24 games in all competitions the former Napoli player has impressed Solskjaer.

“I can only say that Edinson has done well,” Solskjaer said before Sunday’s home game with Newcastle United. “He really is integrated into the group and we will sit down and talk with him in the near future to see his plans and ours. It is a good discussion … we are very happy with what he has done.”

Solskjaer added that Cavani and midfielder Donny van de Beek, who missed Thursday’s 4-0 win over Real Sociedad for the Europa League due to muscle injuries, could be in a position to face Newcastle.

“I think they have a chance to play so we have to give them time before training on Saturday as we have to choose a team on Saturday,” the Norwegian said. “We will see how they are and we hope that both can be available.”

Those led by Solskjaer are second in the table with 46 points after 24 games, 10 behind leaders Manchester City. Newcastle is in 17th place with 25 points, six above the relegation zone.

(Report by Manasi Pathak in Bengaluru. Edited in Spanish by Rodrigo Charme)

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