Edinson Cavani reacts to signing one-year contract extension at Manchester United

Edinson Cavani has signed a one-year contract extension at Manchester United, keeping him at least until the end of next season.

The Uruguay international was rumoured to be ending his time in Manchester after just one season but he has now decided to stick around for one more year.

Cavani has scored 15 goals so far in his debut campaign in English football since arriving on a free transfer from Paris Saint-Germain last summer and earned plaudits for his attacking movement.

Confirming the news, the striker said: ‘Over the season, I have developed a great affection for the club and everything that it represents.

‘I feel a deep bond with my team-mates and the staff who work behind the scenes here.

‘They give me extra motivation every day and I know that, together, we can achieve special things.

‘From the very first moment that I arrived, I felt the confidence of the manager. As a player, this belief gives you the perfect opportunity to play your best football and I want to thank him for that.

‘I have been touched with how much the supporters have wanted me to stay, and I will give everything to bring them happiness and joy with my performances on the field.

‘I’ve not yet been able to play in front of the Old Trafford crowd and that is something that I cannot wait to do.‘

Reacting to the news, United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer said: ‘I said when Edinson signed, that he would bring energy, power and leadership to this group and I haven’t been proved wrong, he has been everything I thought he would be and more.

‘As coaches, we knew about his goalscoring record. However, it is his personality that has brought so much to this squad, he has a winning mentality and has an unequivocal attitude to everything he does.

‘Edinson is one of the last to leave the training ground and sets the tone for the upcoming youngsters with his approach to his profession every single day.

‘I have always wanted him to stay and experience the way our fans will respond to him as a player, and this means he will hopefully get that opportunity.’

Cavani, 34, has averaged a goal every 130 minutes in the Premier League this season and netted his latest in a 3-1 win over Aston Villa on Sunday.