Edinson Cavani called former Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Ander Herrera to check he was making the right choice ahead of his move to Manchester United. The striker signed a two-year deal at Old Trafford on deadline day, following his release from the Ligue 1 champions earlier this year.
Cavani has not played a game in seven months and decided against signing a short-term contract extension at PSG as their season continued after June.
He would have to watch his former side reach the Champions League final in Lisbon, where they were eventually beaten 1-0 by Bayern Munich.
Now he is fit and ready to go in the Premier League, following a series of offers from clubs around the world.
Cavani wanted to join Atletico Madrid in January but PSG would not let him leave the club.
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During his final season in France, the Uruguayan grew to former United midfielder Herrera amid a lack of game time.
Now the 33-year-old has revealed he called Herrera to find out more about United before he made his final decision to join Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side.
“Yes, I spoke with Ander a lot, as well as other team-mates, like Angel Di Maria, who I was also with at Paris,” he told United’s official website.
“It was genuinely getting to the last minute and I called Ander to have a chat. I have a lot of admiration for Ander, for the kind of person he is and I had the feeling that his words were going to help me out, by telling me a bit about what it was like at United.
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“And so, yes, it’s true that after I’d finished talking with Ander, we came to an agreement here with the club.
“I hadn’t known Ander for too long, but we formed and enjoyed a close friendship during that time at PSG, and today we are still very good mates.”
Herrera had intended to stay at United but joined PSG on a free transfer, after five years at Old Trafford.
The 31-year-old has since claimed he told Cavani that United is an offer you cannot refuse.
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He said: “He [Cavani] asked me for advice. I told him this was one of those teams that you couldn’t say no to.”
Cavani has now conquered France as well as Italy with Napoli. Now the forward is looking to prove himself in England before returning to South America.
“Yes, we did have a lot of different options, [even] at a time when things aren’t so easy, neither in sport nor in the world in general,” Cavani said, on the offers that were on the table.
“I was very attracted by the chance to play in English football, and what’s more, for Manchester United, so that was a really big attraction for me, and a huge motivation too, because I feel that I still have a big desire to compete, to work hard and to give the best of myself.
“Let’s hope that I can be up to the task and can represent this club, and along with everyone, help take it to the top.”
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