Man Utd star Fred explains what Edinson Cavani has told him about January transfer

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Manchester United ace Fred has quashed talk of a January exit for Edinson Cavani – despite speculation continuing to link the veteran striker with a move abroad.

Cavani has had a bit-part role at Old Trafford this season but has still delivered when called upon for both Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and current interim boss Ralf Rangnick.

The 34-year-old has been linked with a move to Spanish giants Barcelona despite their well-documented financial woes.

But Fred has talked down any prospect of the veteran striker being prised away by Barca or any other team this month.

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“The other day I joked with him, saying that I had heard something about Corinthians,” Fred told ESPN Brasil.

“I played with him. He just laughed. He said he still has a contract to fulfill.

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“He’s a great player, I really like playing with him, everyone knows about Cavani’s quality, you know, what a great player he is. He helps our team a lot, a great striker. He runs a lot for us, right, for us. South American player, fierce, right? And he’s a guy I want to have him for a lot longer because he’s a guy who helps us a lot. I hope he can stay here longer.”

And the Brazilian midfielder stressed that he believes Cavani should remain in the Premier League until his contract expires in the summer.

“For sure, I would be very surprised,” Fred added. “I think he should stay with us at least until the end of the season, which is where his contract ends.”

Cavani enjoyed a successful first season at Old Trafford, notching 10 league goals in 26 games under Solskjaer last term. It was anticipated that he would move on in the summer, but the Norwegian boss persuaded Cavani to commit to United for another year.

The hitman has found himself on the fringes more often than not this season, playing just 10 times in the league and netting twice.

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But both Solskjaer and Rangnick have turned to the veteran for big games this term.

Rangnick also spoke out earlier this week to pour cold water on any potential exit for Cavani; stressing that the Uruguay star was set to stay at the club as United bid to salvage their season.

“Even if he’s not playing, he will be trying to be the best possible role model for the other players and, for me, this is good news because Edi is one of those players, with his vast amount of experience, with his mentality, his work ethic, he could really be a perfect role model for the other players.”

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