Edinson Cavani picks next destination following Manchester United exit

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Former Manchester United striker Edinson Cavani has made a decision on his next club following his departure from Old this summer.

The Uruguay international spent two years at Old Trafford after joining as a free agent from Paris Saint-Germain.

Cavani impressed in his first season at Manchester United, scoring 17 goals across all competitions with only Bruno Fernandes and Marcus Rashford managing more.

However, he struggled for game time last season due to injuries and the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo, netting just two Premier League goals.

According to Spanish media outlet Mundo Deportivo via The Express, Edinson Cavani has decided he wants to play in Spain next season.

Spanish side Atletico Madrid have long been linked with Cavani and, according to Mundo Deportivo, have missed out on the striker twice in the past.

They tried to sign Cavani in 2018 when he was at Paris Saint-Germain and also tried again to sign the striker in 2020 before he opted to join Manchester United instead.

At the moment, however, Diego Simeone’s team don’t appear to be interested in signing the 35 year old Uruguayan international.

With Atletico Madrid uninterested in signing Edinson Cavani this summer, the 35 year old is open to joining other Spanish clubs this summer.

Cavani wants to play at a high level to ensure he can represent Uruguay at the upcoming World Cup in Qatar later this year.

Cavani admitted last month that he won’t have stayed at United if he knew Ronaldo was going to come back.

“At the moment it was done, I thought it was a good thing for Manchester to sign Cristiano,” he said.

“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.’

“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.

“Regardless of my injuries at the club, which kept me out of the season for a bit… I experienced difficult situations, different from the ones I faced last year.

“And after a few months, I called my brother again and said, ‘Remember what you said at the start of the season?’ Before the season started. There are no secrets in football.

“For me, it’s very clear how it works, and I have a way to see football that nobody takes away from me.”

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