Edinson Cavani’s dad claims the veteran centre-forward ‘does not feel comfortable’ in England and is keen to leave Manchester United for Boca Juniors when his contract expires at the end of the season.
The 34-year-old joined United on a free transfer last summer after bringing an end to a glittering seven-year spell at Paris Saint-Germain, where he was the club’s top scorer with 200 goals in 301 appearances.
Eyebrows were raised at the deadline-day move given Cavani’s age and the fact he hadn’t made a single first-team appearance for seven months before arriving at Old Trafford.
However, the forward has proven himself to be a valuable addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s squad with seven goals in 25 appearances for the Red Devils in all competitions.
But Cavani’s time in the north west has not been without controversy. Back in November, he hit the headlines for all the wrong reasons after being charged by the FA for using a racial term in an Instagram post.
The Uruguayan has also been struggling for fitness in a frustrating few weeks on the sidelines and he only recently returned in United’s goalless draw with Crystal Palace before being left out again at Manchester City.
And while United are said to be open to the idea of extending Cavani’s stay beyond this summer, his father’s explosive interview with TyC Sports suggests the club will have to ramp up their search for a possible replacement up front.
‘My son does not feel comfortable in England and wants to be close to the family again,’ Luis Cavani said.
‘Edinson is going to end up playing in South America.
‘I want Edinson to play in a team that fights for something important.
‘Edinson had many conversations with Juan Roman Riquelme (Boca vice-president) and he would like to play for Boca.’
‘He was always seduced by the prospect of playing in Boca,’ he added.
‘If he returns to South America he is leaning towards Boca. By the middle of the year he will return to South America.
‘My son’s idea is not to continue there, he wants to return.’