Manchester United interim boss, Ralf Rangnick has opened up on his talks with Edinson Cavani concerning the player’s future at Old Trafford.
The Uruguayan’s deal runs out at the end of the season and there has been speculation he will leave this month.
Barcelona were said to have shown a keen interest in the 34-year-old to use him as a replacement for Sergio Aguero who resigned suddenly over health issues.
The striker has, however, only started four games this season but Rangnick admitted he was “desperate” to keep him.
“He told me that he will definitely stay,” reveals the interim boss during his press conference on Sunday.
He hailed Cavani as “the perfect role model,” saying, “I told him that if it was up to me I would want him to stay and I had a conversation with him.
“He came to my office and we spoke for almost half an hour and he told me that he will definitely stay, he will want to stay until the end of the season.
“Not only because I told him that he should stay or has to stay, but he did it on his own behalf. He told me that I can rely on him to stay until the end of the season and give his very best, be a role model for the young players.
“[With] his work ethic – who could really be a perfect role model for all the other players.”
Manchester United would hope to return to winning ways when they face Aston Villa in the FA Cup on Monday .