Former Manchester United striker Dimitar Berbatov has issued a warning to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer over Edinson Cavani’s future at Old Trafford, via the Manchester Evening News.
Heavily linked with starting a new chapter at Boca Juniors over the past couple of months, the Uruguay international continues to impress for the Red Devils.
The 34-year-old was exceptional on Thursday as United swept Roma aside with a commanding 6-2 first-leg win in their Europa League semi-final tie.
Cavani scored a brace and laid on two assists for his teammates, as he continues to be a paramount influence for Solskjaer’s side.
However, the striker’s career is at the crossroads, with United doing everything in their power to keep him on board past the summer.
Cavani is out of contract at the end of the season and has yet to make up his mind on what to do.
Despite his age, the Paris Saint-Germain all-time top scorer has been a breath of fresh air at Old Trafford, proving to be a useful tool in United’s top-four Premier League charge and their pursuit of a second Europa League title.
Solskjaer himself has recently confessed that he would love to see Cavani extend his stay in Manchester for another season.
Meanwhile, Boca Juniors are applying great pressure on the Uruguayan marksman to move across the ocean, having already convinced the player’s father that his son will be better off at La Bombonera.
Recent reports have suggested that El Matador is ready to sign a new season-long deal at the Theatre of Dreams following the intervention of the gaffer.
Berbatov has now offered his view of the forward’s future in Manchester, issuing a warning to United about Cavani’s desire to perform regularly.
“Edinson Cavani once again proved his quality for United,” he said.
“He is the guy who brings the goals, knows how to use the space, no selfishness whatsoever, one-touch when he needs to play one-touch.
“In the box, he is a killer and he knows exactly where to position himself.
“Against Roma was another great example of all his qualities; he is 34, but who cares when he can play like that.
“If he can continue like that and help the young players around him, then United should be doing all they can to keep him.
“He is a class act and I am so happy to see that everything is going well for him. It does not matter what your age is, quality will always be there.
“Now it is a difficult situation. Cavani knows he is 34 and from time to time he will need to recharge his body. If he is happy with being rotated, then I think he will stay.
“If he has other plans for a different chapter in his career, then he will say ‘thank you Manchester United, I have done my part and now I need to move on,’ and nobody can blame him for that because he has done his job perfect whilst he has been at the club.”
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