Paris Saint-Germain chief Nasser al-Khelaifi has moved to once more pour water over the speculation that Edinson Cavani will leave the French champions this summer, in light of serious interest from Chelsea and Manchester United.
The Uruguayan forward has persistently been linked with a summer move away from the Parc des Princes amidst rumours that he is far from happy about being played out of position. Last week the transfer talk heightened when Cavani himself failed to rule out a move to United, instead opting to state that he would be deciding his future sooner rather than later.
However Al-Khelaifi, it would seem, has very different ideas. The PSG president has repeatedly insisted that the club want to retain the services of Cavani, whom they bought only last summer for around €64million, and has never once hinted that he would interested in selling the former Napoli man.
His latest comments are perhaps the most indicative of his opinion on the subject. According to the Express he said: "Perhaps he is not satisfied with his position, but he is very happy in Paris.
"He wants to play as a central striker, but these things are for the coach to decide and maybe he will change the system for next season.
"Cavani is very important for us, with his style of play he is very unselfish and he won't leave.
"Our project is based on the long term and we don't buy a player to then sell him the following year."
Said to be worth around £50million following a relatively tame season in Ligue 1, Cavani would slot in without too much difficulty at most top sides in Europe. United are said to be the frontrunners for his signature as Louis van Gaal looks to improve his frontline, whilst Jose Mourinho considers him as a back-up choice if he can’t clinch the signing of Diego Costa from Atletico Madrid.