‘There are worse situations in life than staying at PSG’: Thomas Tuchel makes light of Edinson Cavani’s failure to secure January move as boss calls on him to ‘regain confidence and rhythm’
Thomas Tuchel has moved to console Edinson Cavani after the striker failed to secure a move away from Paris Saint Germain before the January 31st deadline.
Cavani has played just nine games for the French champions this season in Ligue 1, falling into the shadow of summer signing Mauro Icardi.
The Uruguayan had been linked with Chelsea, Atletico Madrid and MLS side Inter Miami after submitting a transfer request, but it was confirmed on deadline day that the want-away forward would be staying in Paris until the summer.
Edinson Cavani has failed to secure a way out of PSG before the January 31st deadline
The striker has barely featured under Thomas Tuchel this season for the French side
Mauro Icardi has scored 17 goals on loan from Inter Milan, with Cavani falling into his shadow
‘There are worse situations in life than staying at PSG,’ Tuchel told Sky Sports.
‘I think he will feel good. He must regain the confidence and the rhythm. Edi is here, he’s a great player. We won’t change this group and that’s good.’
Cavani’s contract expires in the summer, when will be expected to finally leave the French side.
Cavani’s absence has broken up the once fearsome trident of himself, Mbappe and Neymar
Boss Tuchel has urged the Uruguayan to re-focus and continue his new backup role
Until this season, the striker had been PSG’s main man since he arrived from Napoli in 2013, and he will go down as a club legend after amassing 198 goals in 293 games.
He has long been one of Europe’s striking elite, with his best season seeing him net 49 goals in 50 games in 2016/17.
Icardi’s loan spell from Inter Milan has seen him contribute 17 goals in 24 games, firmly unseating Cavani from his spot alongside Kylian Mbappe and Neymar in PSG’s fearsome front three.
Cavani has had to watch from the sidelines for much of this season, an unfamiliar position