Manchester United manager Ralf Rangnick has dismissed the possibility of Edinson Cavani leaving the club during the January transfer window.
The Uruguayan striker has been heavily linked with an exit in recent weeks, with Barcelona reportedly keen on landing his signature.
However, Rangnick has emphasised that he remains a ‘highly important player’ in the squad and confirmed his decision to keep him.
He told Manutd.com: “We spoke about Edi, and he knows that I will definitely not let him go.
“For me, he is a highly important player for the rest of the season, [we’re] still playing in three competitions so we will definitely need Edi.
“I would rather have another Edi on top of that, but for me it is clear Edi has to stay.”
Cavani had an injury-plagued debut season with the Red Devils last term, but still ended up with 17 goals across all competitions.
It was a no-brainer to extend his contract for another campaign, but he has endured a difficult season amid injuries and competition for places.
Under former boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, Cavani hardly started games with Cristiano Ronaldo being an undisputed starter after his stunning return.
The door has opened for Cavani under Rangnick, who prefers to play with two up front. He is now considered a key player under the German.
The 34-year-old came off the bench to score a vital equaliser at Newcastle United and played the full 90 minutes in the Burnley triumph.
He looks set for an extended run of games from the starting line-up, and there seems no reason as to why he would leave this month.
Of course, the scenario could completely change under the next manager. Cavani will probably secure a free transfer exit in the summer.
Cavani could make his 50th appearance for the Red Devils during today’s late Premier League kick-off at Wolverhampton Wanderers.
Stats from Transfermarkt.com.
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