Nicolas Anelka began his career with Paris Saint-Germain and while he’s been a journeyman throughout his career, he does maintain that connection with Les Parisiens.
During a recent interview with a fan on Instagram (via Goal), Anelka spoke about matters concerning PSG including the future of the club’s all-time leading scorer, Edinson Cavani. The 33-year-old is out of contract at the end of the month and as of publication, he’s yet to sign an extension.
“To let Cavani go would be a very big mistake. He remains a No. 9 as there is no more. He has a lot of trash [in his game], but he makes crazy plays and he scores. He will serve you no matter what.”
“In Paris, you need competition. He is a super striker that you risk giving to a competitor because he will necessarily go to another big club. And when he plays against PSG, he will score for sure. And this is where they will have great regrets.”
It should be noted that Cavani has scored a disappointing seven goals in 22 total appearances this season as he’s been largely replaced by Mauro Icardi. But, Anelka’s point is well taken. PSG is often a cursed team and it would be their luck to let Cavani leave only to see him return to Paris with another team and score a hat-trick.
The bad news for Cavani is that Icardi’s new deal with PSG makes him the clear choice as the starting striker. If El Matador is willing to accept a backup role and reduced wages, the relationship can continue. Otherwise, this will be Cavani’s last few months with the club and he will likely join one of Europe’s top clubs.
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