Edinson Cavani came close to quitting football this summer after he and his partner got infected by the coronavirus. This came not long after he was left undecided on his next step, opting not to return to Paris Saint-Germain. But in the end, most know that the 33-year-old striker decided to return. But the decision to do so underwent plenty of soul-searching.

Cavani spoke to the Argentine radio program Dos De Punta to share what he went through. He emphasized that health comes first above all. It reached a point where the Uruguayan already had plans to live in the countryside and stop playing the game.

"We have suffered through the coronavirus with my family and with my girlfriend. The truth is that it was bad because of the fear that it awakens. Thank God we recovered well and evolved well and here we are,” Cavani said.

Before that, there were plenty of questions in the air on Cavani’s future. Several teams were still willing to take him in but the 33-year-old ended up moving to Old Trafford. It took time for him to figure out what he wanted but in the end, Cavani wanted to be with a team.

"The leagues had started to compete and of course, I wanted to have a team," Cavani said. "There was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Days began to pass and I saw my family, friends and everyone wanting to know where I was going to play. We are here, happy with the decision and now I want to put on the shirt."

At his age, there is no question that club are playing its safe. For his part, it appears Cavani is fine signing a one-year deal which will see him earn $13 million annually. This does not include other add-ons. Worth noting is that the deal also includes an option to extend his stay for another year, Goal reported.

Cavani remains a hot commodity with several clubs like Leeds United and S.L. Benfica expressing interest. With United, he will be wearing the alleged “cursed” no. 7. The reason why this number is believed to be cursed is because the Red Devils’ fortunes haven’t been the same since it was last worn by Cristiano Ronaldo. Now, the Uruguayan striker will be out to prove that those beliefs are untrue.

Edinson Cavani
Edinson Cavani (Uruguay) Reuters

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