Edinson Cavani explains how close he came to leaving Manchester United for Boca Juniors this summer

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Manchester United star Edinson Cavani has revealed there was a ‘real possibility’ he could have left the club to join Boca Juniors this summer but is ‘happy’ to have finally put an end to the uncertainty over his future. Cavani had looked set for the exit door at United as his initial one-year deal wound down but earlier this week it was officially announced that the 34-year-old striker would be in the north west for another year. The veteran Uruguay international has proven himself to be a valuable addition to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s ranks, notching up 16 goals and four assists in all competitions, while also being a mentor for the likes of Marcus Rashford, Anthony Martial and Mason Greenwood. And while Cavani’s dialogue with Boca stretches back to before he even joined the Red Devils, the forward is adamant he’s always been ‘very clear’ with the club’s vice-president, Juan Roman Riquelme, throughout their talks.

Asked how close he came to leaving United for Boca, Cavani told Argentine TV channel TyC Sports: ‘The Boca thing was an opportunity that was on the table. It was always very clear. ‘Roman didn’t call me when I arrived in Manchester to say, “Come”, he communicated with me from the time I was in Paris. ‘I’ve been in contact with him for a few years now and not for him to tell me, “You have to come”, “Come here”, but to be in contact, to congratulate me, to recognise things that as a footballer he thinks are very good and he likes them. ‘I’ve had talks with him, but things have always been very clear between him and me.’

The former PSG and Napoli attacker added: ‘It was something that was concrete. They showed me their interest, their desire to want to have me at their club. ‘I appreciate it and I appreciated it, I’ve always told them. They know perfectly what I feel and what I think. ‘There was a real possibility that they would take me, but I was always very clear, things were always very clear.’

Cavani refused to rule out a move to Boca down the line but underlined that he has no regrets about extending his stay at Old Trafford. ‘I’ve never closed the door on Boca but we’d have to ask them if it’s still open,’ he went on. ‘For my part, I’ve shown and commented on my feelings.  ‘Today, the reality is that I’m here [at Manchester United], my head is here and I’m happy.’

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