‘I really love the way he plays’: Edinson Cavani reveals admiration for fellow Uruguayan Facundo Pellistri after the exciting teenage winger joined him in signing for Manchester United on deadline day
- Facundo Pellistri signed for Manchester United from Penarol for £10million
- The 18-year-old had made 30 first-team appearances for the Uruguayan club
- Pellistri signed on the same day as compatriot Edinson Cavani at Old Trafford
- Cavani has now spoken of his excitement at the prospect of seeing him develop
Edinson Cavani believes compatriot Facundo Pellistri has ‘a lot to offer’ Manchester United after the Uruguayan pair signed for the club on deadline day last week.
Ex-PSG striker Cavani signed on a free transfer last week, penning a two-year deal, while United moved to sign exciting teenager Pellistri from Uruguayan side Penarol at the eleventh hour.
Pellistri, who only made his professional debut in August 2019, was something of a surprise acquisition at Old Trafford for £10million but Cavani has divulged some detail of the player United fans can expect in the years to come.
Facundo Pellistri signed for Manchester United from Penarol last week for £10million
Fellow United new boy Edinson Cavani has revealed his admiration for Pellistri’s game already
‘Pellistri is a young lad and I really love the way he plays the game,’ Cavani told the official United website.
‘He’s the typical South American footballer who has that mischievous nature to his game, and the way he lives his football is a bit like, as we say in Uruguay, being on “el campito”, as we call it, a makeshift pitch where you have a kickabout for fun with your mates or whoever.
‘He’s a youngster who has a lot to learn but who has a lot to offer too. He’s already shown what he can do at Penarol in the games where he’s featured.’
Having made his debut last summer, Pellistri made 30 appearances for Penarol before completing his move to Manchester last week for £10m.
Pellistri celebrates scoring for Penarol in September – his last goal for the Uruguayan club
‘I’ve liked him from the moment he made his first-team debut at Penarol,’ Cavani added.
‘I liked him a lot. He’s coming here to the club, without a doubt determined to learn and mature as a player, but also to make a good contribution here himself.
‘Learning his trade here is also going to be a great experience for him. So, it’s going to be good meeting up with him and travelling together on this journey in this new chapter for us both.’
Meanwhile, former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes United signing Cavani on the final day of the summer transfer window ‘smacked of desperation’.
Cavani has been training in isolation following his move to United on a free transfer
Harry Redknapp believes United signing Cavani ‘smacked of desperation’ after the late move
The 73-year-old said at the weekend: ‘Signing Cavani, 33, on over £200,000 a week on the final day of the transfer window did smack of desperation to me.
‘I had people telling me eight weeks ago he was keen to come to England. When I heard the wages I just wished them good luck.
‘If he was someone United were that keen on signing, why did they leave it so late?’
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