Former Manchester United striker warns club target against Premier League move

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has warned compatriot Edinson Cavani over moving to the Premier League. Cavani has been a reported target for the big English clubs, namely United, Arsenal and Chelsea but Forlan has urged his fellow Uruguayan to keep enjoying his good run in France with Paris Saint-Germain.

Forlan hasn’t spoken ill of the Premier League, but he believes Cavani should not move from a place where he is comfortable as it carries the risk of having to prove himself all over again.

When asked whether the 2010 World Cup Golden Ball winner would recommend the Premier League to Cavani, he :quoted as sayingsaid: “Without a doubt, but it’s his call. He’s in a great moment in a great team. They’re winning, they’re fighting in every tournament.

“It’s not easy leaving a place where one feels comfortable, where one has the opportunity to play lots of matches, being the top scorer, leaving that for another team and to change all over again.

“Sometimes those changes don’t end up well or they need some time to yield a result and he’s finding that in Paris.”

Cavani has been in fine form this season, and his partnership up front with Zlatan Ibrahimovic has been particularly fruitful. The Cavani-Ibrahimovic duo has a combined tally of 25 goals and eight assists halfway through the Ligue 1 season, and Forlan has been effusive in his praise for the duo.

“I think that in the last year and a half in PSG [Cavani] has been having a great moment.

“He’s been scoring a lot, important goals, he had more opportunities of playing in the middle and that what he likes most. He has gone little by little.

“At the same time I’m seeing that with both of them. He’s giving goals to Ibrahimovic and [Ibrahimovic] is doing the same – they’re assisting one another so it’s great and they’re both scoring too,” added Forlan.

Ibrahimovic is out of contract at the Paris club next summer, which could pave the way for Cavani to become the main man for Laurent Blanc’s club, and that, Forlan believes, should be reason enough for Cavani to consider staying in France rather than moving to England.

“Times passes for everyone, even Ibrahimovic, and he’s a player in a great moment, professionally and personally. So each one of them finds their place naturally. I think Cavani’s finding it and he’s feeling comfortable,” he said.

Despite his former club’s troubles in the goalscoring department, it seems Forlan isn’t too keen on endorsing the Premier League as an ideal destination for Cavani, who is one of the premier strikers in world football. United will once again embark on a spending spree next summer, and it remains to be seen whether Cavani heeds Forlan’s advice.

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