• News

Cavani reveals he wanted to leave United after Ronaldo arrival

Getty Images

The Uruguayan forward has opened up on his reaction to the club’s signing of Ronaldo.

Edinson Cavani has revealed the transfer of Cristiano Ronaldo made him consider leaving Old Trafford.

A sensational move from Juventus saw the Portuguese superstar return to Manchester United after 12 years. The transfer has proved to be vital for the Red Devils’ current campaign, but not everyone at Unite were excited about Ronaldo’s arrival.

In a new interview with ESPN, Cavani has spoken about his reaction to the club’s decision to sign the five-time Ballon d’Or winner.

“At the moment it was done, I thought it was a good thing for Manchester to sign Cristiano,” Cavani told ESPN Brasil.

“Knowing a bit about the world of football these days, the first thing I did was call my [brother and manager Walter Fernando Guglielmone] and said: ‘Fernando, if this had happened a week ago, I would ask you to find me another club.’

Go further with the #1 trusted leader in VPN

“But not because I didn’t want to play with Cristiano Ronaldo. No. Because I had the opportunity to know him, and he is a great professional, with his targets, and that is perfect for a sportsman. But as I know, after years in football, how things work these days. That’s why I spoke to my brother.

“It was more about understanding the situation. Not because I couldn’t play in my role at Manchester, but because there are many things in football nowadays that are different from how they were with other people, how it was before, years ago. And since it happened suddenly, I felt nothing. I thought: We’ll play, do the best we can.”

Cavani is among the players that will most likely leave Old Trafford next season. Spanish sources have claimed the former PSG star is planning to join a La Liga team in the summer.