Napoli striker Edinson Cavani says he dreamed as a boy of playing for Real Madrid or Barcelona and “nobody knows yet” what his future holds.
Cavani, Serie A’s top-scorer last season, has been heavily linked with a move to Madrid in the Spanish press, while Manchester City and Chelsea are also thought to be very interested in taking him to England.
The 26-year-old is currently back in South America preparing for Uruguay’s busy upcoming schedule, which includes a friendly against France on June 5, a World Cup 2014 qualifier against Venezuela on June 11, and the Confederations Cup, which begins June 16.
He told local reporters, in comments picked up by Spanish newspapers Marca and AS, that playing for either of the La Liga giants had been his ambition when growing up.
“When we are little we always dream, and the first teams that come into your head are those on the world stage, for their marketing, their image, their publicity,” Cavani said. “That makes you dream about how nice it would be to play for Real Madrid, to play for Barcelona."
Asked whether he was aware of firm interest from Madrid, who reportedly want him to replace the outgoing Gonzalo Higuain, Cavani was coy.
“It is all an unknown and nobody knows,” he said. “When the moment comes we will see. As long as there is nothing signed, there is nothing done. All the talk does not concern me nor distract me. Only God knows what might happen. I am relaxed with what I am doing.”
With Cavani’s current contract still having four years left to run, and Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis reportedly unwilling to accept anything less than the €63 million release clause, a summer transfer is far from certain. He suggested that staying at the Stadio San Paolo would not be the end of the world for him.
“I have a contract at Napoli,” Cavani said. “I ended the season not long ago knowing that we had achieved a nice objective in qualifying (for the Champions League) and also fulfilling a personal objective that is very important for me: to be the top scorer in the league. (Napoli) today are one of the most famous teams in the world.”