New Napoli manager Rafael Benitez is adamant that the club do not want to sell star-striker Edinson Cavani, despite the on-going transfer speculation regarding his future. 

The Uruguay international, who has been away at the Confederations Cup in recent weeks, has been the subject of intense transfer speculation all summer, with clubs all over the world reportedly interested in his services.

But it is Spanish club Real Madrid and Premier League sides Manchester City and Chelsea that are the front-runners in the race to sign the striker. 

It is believed that Napoli have issued a buy-out-clause in Cavani's contract, and this is set at £54m but former Chelsea manager Rafael Benitez, who is now in charge at the Serie A club, has stated that the club will not accept a fee lower than this buy-out-clause, because they want Cavani to stay.  

And Cavani himself feels that the clause is to high, as he stated last week. Ultimately it could mean that a transfer doesn't go through, and this would be good news for Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis and Rafael Benitez, who are trying to do everything to ensure he stays at the San Paulo stadium next season.  

Speaking to Spanish Radio Marca, Benitez said: "Neither me or the president want Cavani to leave because he's a really important player for us. Clearly, there is a clause that you can't control, but we want him to stay to score many goals and to continue growing with Napoli."

And Benitez added that Cavani owes it to the Napoli supporters to stay and offer his services for another season. 

"He found success and fame with this team and he can stay for another year with supporters who love him. Napoli don't need the money. Should he leave, it will be for his clause, and it's a really high sum," Benitez continued. 

But ultimately, despite the transfer rumours, Benitez thinks that Cavini will be staying at Napoli next season and they will try and build the team around him. 

"But our intention is that he will stay. The president's intention is to strengthen the team and Cavani is our most important player. I don't know if he has had any offers, but I know there is a clause and anyone who wants him will have to pay it," Benitez added. 


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