Rangnick 'blocks' Utd star's exit

English Premier League

Manchester United boss Ralf Rangnick has seemingly blocked one of his stars from leaving in the January transfer window.  

With footballers whose contracts are running out in 2022 now free to negotiate with clubs, many Red Devils players have been linked with an exit including the likes of Jesse Lingard, Donny van de Beek and Paul Pogba.  

Among those reportedly seeking a move from Old Trafford is Edinson Cavani, who has been strongly tipped to join Barcelona since Cristiano Ronaldo’s return 

The Uruguayan forward’s deal is set to expire at the end of the season but reports suggested that he will attempt to leave in January.  

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Ahead of United’s clash with Wolverhampton Wanderers on Monday, Rangnick insisted that the 34-year-old is an important player in his plans and that he will block Cavani from leaving before his deal expires.  

“We have had quite a few conversations over the last couple of weeks, probably the player with whom I have spoken the most," the 63-year-old revealed in the pre-match press conference, per 90min. 

"I told him from the very first day he is a highly important player, he is probably the only one who can play as a striker back to goal and face to goal.  

"And as I said, his professionalism and his work ethic is just amazing. 

"I told him that I desperately want him to stay and stay until the end of the season, and he knows that. He knows how highly I rate him and how highly I respect him.  

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"That was also the reason why I played him today from the beginning, together with Cristiano [Ronaldo]. 

"It depends. I think you will understand that I don’t want to talk about individual players in public. I know from some players that they would want to leave. 

"We spoke about Edi, and he knows that I will definitely not let him go. For me, he is a highly important player for the rest of the season, [we’re] still playing in three competitions so we will definitely need Edi. 

"I would rather have another Edi on top of that but for me it is clear Edi has to stay.  

“With regards to the other players, yes, our squad is maybe a little bit too big with regards to numbers, but we still have COVID [to be wary of]. 

"We have three competitions, and we could do with a bigger squad maybe than in times without COVID." 

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