Cavani: I have one problem at PSG – and it’s not Ibrahimovic
Written by Taiwo Adediran on April 6, 2015
Edinson Cavani has again moved to dismiss suggestions he does not get on with Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic, insisting that his only issue at Parc des Princes is not being played up front alongside the Swede by head coach Laurent Blanc.
It has been claimed in the French press that Cavani has a poor rapport with his fellow forward but the Uruguyan says that while the pair may not be close friends, they have a respectful working relationship.
Indeed the former Napoli attacker said that his sole worry is his lack of chances to play as a striker, admitting he is frustrated at being positioned out wide by Blanc, with whom he was involved in a furious touchline argument on Sunday after he was replaced in his side’s 3-2 Ligue 1 win over Marseille. “I do not know where this rumour of a bad relationship with Ibrahimovic comes from,” Cavani said.
“We are footballers who play for the same club and we respect one another. One cannot be friends with everyone. “The only concern that I have ever spoken about is that I was recruited to play as a striker with Ibrahimovic and it has not always been the case.
“There is a long series of games where I have not scored in Ligue 1 but that can happen. In France, people judge me as a lone striker, but I do not play in that position. “But aside from that, everything else is perfect here.”
However, Cavani’s unhappiness at being played out of position has resulted in him being consistently linked with a move away from PSG.
The 28-year-old, who is under contract until 2018, expects to remain in the French capital – but refused to completely rule out a future transfer.
“Currently, I am just thinking about finishing the season in Paris and also respecting my contract,” he added. “My attention is only focused on training with the club that pays me. But anything can happen in football.”