Cavani admits Ronaldo regret

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Manchester United star Edinson Cavani has admitted the club's decision to sign Cristiano Ronaldo at the beginning of the season left him with a certain regret.

The Uruguayan was widely tipped with an Old Trafford exit ahead of the 2021/22 campaign, with Barcelona believed to be interested in his services at the time. 

However, then-Red Devils boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer was unwilling to part ways with the star after his 17 goals and six assists in the season before, and persuaded him to sign a new one-year deal in Manchester in May last year.  

A couple of months later, United re-signed Ronaldo, with Cavani having played a bit-part role since due to the Portuguese superstar jumping ahead of him in the pecking order, as well a number of injuries and fitness issues.  

The 35-year-old has now revealed how he how felt when he heard that Ronaldo was joining the club in August 2021, admitting that if he'd known he was rejoining the Red Devils, he would have left Old Trafford instead of signing a new deal. 

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"Speaking the truth, as I always tell the truth, as it should be, at the moment it happened, I thought it was good that Manchester signed Cristiano," the veteran told ESPN's Bola da Vez.

"Knowing a little about the world of football today, the first thing I did was call my brother [who also acts as his agent] and I said, 'Fernando, if this had happened a week ago, I would have asked you to sign with another club'."

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