Edinson Cavani says he had opportunities from Manchester United and Arsenal to leave Paris Saint-Germain during the summer transfer window. Cavani, 28, has been relentlessly linked with a move away from the Parc de Princes over the previous two summers, speculation fuelled by his spell playing second fiddle to Zlatan Ibrahimovic in PSG's attack.
Arsenal remained closely linked with the player right up until transfer deadline day, with the Mirror claiming at the time Arsene Wenger had shifted his focus to the Uruguay international after Real Madrid's Karim Benzema made it clear he was not interested in a move. Cavani's name also appeared to be on United's radar after manager Louis van Gaal talked up the possibility of signing a "special" striker, before the club eventually ended up signing Anthony Martial from Ligue 1 rivals Monaco.
Speaking to Journal du Dimanche, Cavani confirmed there were a number of clubs interested in his services, but insists he felt PSG had made the right reassurances in convincing him to stay. "Many transfer opportunities presented themselves," he said. "But I always trusted PSG. This is a club who can give me what is better."
Cavani ended the 2014-15 campaign in irresistible form, with 13 of his 31 goals coming in the final two months of the season, and admits that run of form left him eager to improve further at the French giants. "If it could happen like in the second half of the season with very good results, it makes you want to continue on that path."
Cavani has started the 2015-16 season in similarly prolific form, netting four goals in his opening five games, including his side's second in their 2-0 with over Swedish side Malmo in the opening group game of the Champions League.