What Manchester United’s kit man has been doing to Edinson Cavani every day

Man Utd: Solskjaer to do all he can to convince Cavani to stay

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Manchester United’s kit man has been serenading Edinson Cavani with his chant every morning before training, reports say. The 34-year-old has extended his stay at Old Trafford, penning a contract extension. And that’s a major boost to Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side, with the veteran currently in sensational form.

Manchester United announced Cavani has extended his stay with the club on Monday.

It ends months of uncertainty over the former Napoli and PSG star’s future, with Boca Juniors previously hoping to snap him up.

Cavani was fed up of life in England earlier in the campaign, particularly after receiving a three-game ban from the FA for using racist language on an Instagram post.

The Uruguayan had used the term affectionately towards a friend but the FA came down hard on the veteran, who insisted it was an affectionate term in Latin America.

But, in recent weeks in particular, Cavani has been playing with a smile on his face.

He’s scored eight goals from his last seven matches across all competitions, recently coming off the bench to notch in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa.

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And The Athletic say that, prior to signing a new deal, United’s kit man had been serenading him before training each morning.

He’s been signing the ‘Gimme Gimme Gimme’ tune from Abba with a twist, with fans putting their own chant for Cavani together.

And that’s helped make the veteran feel happier at Carrington.

Now, United fans can look forward to another year of Cavani – with the forward delighted at extending his Premier League adventure.

“Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents,” he said.

“I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here.

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“They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.

“From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager.

“As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.

“I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field.

“I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.”

Cavani also made it clear Solskjaer was vital to his decision.

“Talking about the relationship with the manager, I think that any influence he has had hasn’t just been now at the moment of signing a new contract, but from the very first moment, even before I had signed, with conversations that I had with the manager,” he said.

“The way that he put his trust in me, the way that he made his feelings known about me and the confidence that he had with me, that was great from the word go.

“But over time and as the months have passed, the situation has just confirmed what I originally thought about Ole and that confidence that he gave me.

“Obviously, as time has gone on and games have passed by, he has made some really positive comments privately and in the media about me, as have my team-mates and the technical staff, the backroom staff, here, so that really, really helps as well.

“I think when you are a player, it gives you a huge amount of confidence when you know you have the backing of not only your manager but also other people around you.

“When you do get glowing comments about you, that is a real positive and is something that you are really grateful for.

“One thing I would like to add here, which is very much to do with this question you have just asked me, is that it’s a lot to do with my team-mates.

“I have been really touched and moved by the lads in the dressing room, saying stuff like: ‘Edi, you can’t go; stay, stay, we love you, we don’t want you to leave’.

“You know, honestly and sincerely, that does give you that extra motivation to want to stay somewhere and gives you a real lift.

“It makes you want to give that extra bit more for the team, to want to stay longer, to try to achieve something and do your bit for the team in the future, so I was really touched by that.”

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