Manchester United interim manager Ralf Rangnick has told forward Edinson Cavani he does not want him to leave the Premier League club in January.
Cavani, 34, has been linked with moves to Barcelona and several clubs in South America, but Rangnick is adamant the Uruguay international is not going anywhere.
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“We’ve had quite a bit of conversation over the past two weeks, probably the player I’ve spoken to the most,” Rangnick said. “I told him from day one that for me he was a very important player.
“And like I said his professionalism, his work ethic are just amazing and I told him I desperately wanted him to stay until the end of the season. He knows that. He knows that too. how well I rate it and how much I have talked to and he knows I definitely won’t let him go.
“For me he’s a very important player for the rest of the season, still playing in three competitions, so we’ll definitely need Edi. I’d rather have another Edi on top of that, but for me he’s clear that Edi must stay. “
Donny van de Beek is another player who was linked with a move in January after struggling for first-team opportunities again this season.
The midfielder, signed from Ajax for £ 40million in 2020, made just four league starts last season and has started just four games in all competitions so far this quarter. But Rangnick says that, like Cavani, the Netherlands international is set to stay.
“He’s a team player from start to finish and there will be games where he gets a chance to play, I’m sure,” Rangnick said. “I also had a longer conversation with him last week about this and again of course it’s difficult for him at the moment as he wants to play for the Dutch national team as well.
“He wants to qualify and play the World Cup in Qatar and in order to do that he has to gain some playing time here. But I still think we should keep him, that he should stay here, definitely until the end. this season and try to get as much playing time as possible. “
Anthony Martial, meanwhile, can get his wish to leave, but only if United receive a loan offer that covers his entire salary and includes loan fees. An offer from Sevilla that only covered part of the Frenchman’s salary has already been rejected by United.
Martial has been left out of the squad for the games against Newcastle and Burnley and Rangnick has revealed he was left out due to uncertainty surrounding his future.
“He made it very clear that he wanted to leave and in a way I can understand his wish to leave and try to play more regularly elsewhere,” Rangnick said. “But, again, it’s not just about what he wants to do, but also what kind of clubs are interested in him and do they meet the club’s requirements, so we have to wait and see.
“He’s not injured right now, so I decided to go with that group of players who were in the squad today, so it had nothing to do with injuries.”