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Edinson Cavani to join Valencia on free transfer

by: fifa2022newsnet


Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani will join Valencia on a free transfer, the Spanish club announced on Monday.

The Uruguay forward, 35, was available after his contract expired earlier in summer after spending the last two seasons at Old Trafford. Cavani has agreed to sign a two-year contract for Gennaro Gattuso’s side.

The former Paris Saint-Germain striker was at Valencia’s Mestalla Stadium to see his new team’s defeat to Atletico Madrid 1-0 in LaLiga on Monday.

Valencia won the race to sign the veteran over Real Sociedad, who are still in the market looking for a replacement for Swedish forward Alexander Isak, who joined Newcastle last week for €70 million including €5m in add-ons.

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Cavani arrived on Monday afternoon to Valencia and talked to local media before passing a medical.

“I am happy to be here. I wanted to play in Spain and Valencia were willing to bet on me,” Cavani said.

“I like to be where I’m wanted, where I’m loved because you live off the strength of the fans and the club’s love. I talked to Gattuso and Valencia have given me a lot of confidence, so I hope I can give them my best and leave a good image here.”

After Monday’s game, Gattuso said he expects Cavani to need time to be ready for his debut with Valencia after three months without training.

“Well, I think that — whether it is me or the medical staff — we have to work well with him. He is a player that has been training on his own for three months [since his contract with Manchester United expired at the end of last season],” Gattuso said.

“We have to train and coach him well. We have to look after him well and take care of him, because he has been out of action for three months. I think he has come here to Valencia to help us, but the club needs to help him as well. We need to find the right way for him to play.”

Cavani began his career at Danubio in Uruguay before making the move to Europe in 2007, signing with Palermo.

After four seasons in Sicily, he left for Napoli, where he scored 104 goals in 138 matches, being Seria A top-goalscorer in 2012-13.

In 2013 he was signed by Paris Saint-Germain where he played for seven seasons and became the top scorer in the club’s history.

He joined Manchester United in 2020, where he played for the last two seasons.

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