Will he stay or will he go? Can you blame him for thinking like this…
El Matador - Coming to a Premier League ground soon?
When Edinson Cavani spoke after the 2-0 win over Novara he sent medium sized ripples through us Napoli supporters when he questioned his own future in Naples. We are not stupid, we know Cavani won’t be at Napoli forever and we know how much every team in Europe wants a striker of his ability but nobody has made a firm bid, more than likely put off by his high asking price.
The worry is this. Since the Aurellio De Laurentiis era started non of our big players have wanted to move. You could argue Fabio Quagliarella but he was was more or less forced out. Other players have tried to send feelers out via agents (hello Mino Raiola) but these have quickly been battered away by the management. If Cavani’s comments are a smoking gun for a bigger issue then this may lower the Matador’s asking price and thus Napoli’s position maybe compromised as other clubs will know he wants to leave.
I personally feel that Cavani will stay if Napoli do finish third but it is likely that Napoli will not finish in the top three in Serie A and if I am honest a player of Cavani’s ability does not deserve to ‘grace’ the Europa League as will be likely if he stays, so it is up to De Laurentiis to do one of two things
1) Persuade Cavani that his future does belong at Napoli as we make a push for the top three next season
2) Sell him before he says anything more to dilute his value
An insight into whats inside Cavani’s mind came after the draw with Catania where he openly questioned the attitude of the team
‘We made so many mistakes and we lacked the desire to win……In football you need that kind of attitude, otherwise you cannot go anywhere’
If Cavani feels that about some of his team mates can you blame him for wanting to move away to somewhere that already has a winning mentality.
The other scenario is that he has seen Marek Hamsik get another new contract and rumors that Ezequiel Lavezzi could be getting a new deal also have surfaced so is this a way for Cavani to tell everyone ‘remember me’?
I am not so sure.
Cavani has ambition and he has the ability to grace the greatest of football pitches. If he truly wants to go then we should not stand in his way. He owes us nothing, just please let him go on good terms, unlike Quagliarella….