Edinson Cavani: I am staying at PSG
Edinson Cavani has announced he is "certain to stay" at Paris Saint-Germain, dashing Manchester United's hopes of swooping for the Uruguay international.
Cavani, 27, signed a five-year deal at the Parc des Princes after completing an estimated 64 million euro move from Napoli only last summer.
However, having been played in a wide position in coach Laurent Blanc's 4-3-3 formation in order to accommodate Zlatan Ibrahimovic in Cavani's preferred central striking role, the former Palermo man was said to be unhappy with his lot in the French capital.
Seeking a prolific forward, United were reportedly set to make PSG a significant offer for Cavani.
But having arrived in Asia with the rest of Blanc's squad ahead of Saturday's Ligue 1 season curtain-raiser, the Trophee des Champions, Cavani told assembled media he will not be leaving the French champions unless the club decides to sell him.
"I am certain to stay, why wouldn't I be? I feel great in Paris," Cavani said. "I have a contract to respect with PSG. I'm calm. I prefer to be here. I feel good here. But as I have said before, it doesn't only depend on the player, but also on certain things that can happen at the club."
Cavani was dressed down by PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi following an interview he gave to L'Equipe late last season in which he expressed his desire to talk to Blanc and his technical staff about his position within the team.
The Uruguayan revealed that discussion has now taken place, and that he was satisfied with what he had heard.
"The staff answered me with regard to everything I had talked about before," said Cavani, who could play his first game since the World Cup when PSG take on Coupe de France winners Guingamp in Beijing on Saturday.
"We have had some small problems with the position I wanted to play in, but I feel very good about that."
He added: "It's always good to get back to your teammates. I'm happy to come back with the aim of going as far as possible in every competition. The club has brought in some major signings, and the main objective will be to go even further in the Champions League."