'Biggest wish' that Real Madrid target Edinson Cavani stays with PSG, says Thomas Tuchel

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Edinson Cavani has been linked with a move to Real Madrid.

Thomas Tuchel said it was his “biggest wish” for Edinson Cavani to stay at Paris Saint-Germain on Monday after reports linking the Uruguay striker to Real Madrid.

Tuchel appeared surprised by Real’s interest in Cavani, as reported by Spanish media, when he heard about it after a 3-2 friendly win over Atletico Madrid in Singapore.

“This is my feeling and my biggest wish and I have not heard such a thing,” Tuchel said, when asked if he would like to keep Cavani at PSG.

“I talked to Edinson some days ago, he didn’t mention anything. He said he was looking forward to coming back, he said he’s looking forward to joining us to achieve all his goals with us and our team.

“He’s a key player for us and there’s no thought about giving him away.”

Unconfirmed reports say European champions Real are interested in Cavani as a replacement for Cristiano Ronaldo, who has joined Juventus on a €100 million deal.

The elegant forward, a member of PSG’s ‘MCN’ strike force along with Kylian Mbappe and Neymar, has been with PSG for five seasons after moving from Napoli.

The 31-year-old has reportedly admitted to having problems with Neymar, who arrived for a world-record fee last year, but said he had resolved them with the Brazilian.

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Watch: PSG boss Thomas Tuchel wants later start to league season in World Cup years

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Paris Saint-Germain‘s new manager Thomas Tuchel had to field an almost unrecognisable team in the pre-season friendly against Arsenal – and the result was a 5-1 thrashing by the Gunners.

Speaking after the game, the German, who was without the services of Neymar, Kylian Mbappe and Edinson Cavani among others, urged football’s authorities to consider a later start to European leagues in World Cup years.

Hear what Tuchel had to say following the defeat in Singapore below.

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Watch: PSG boss Thomas Tuchel says Neymar will 'bounce back' after World Cup disappointment

David Cooper 29/07/2018
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Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel has insisted that superstar forward Neymar will “bounce back” from Brazil’s World Cup 2018 disappointment.

The €220 million forward was helpless as the pre-tournament favourites crashed out in Russia at the quarter-final stage after a 2-1 loss to Belgium. This result has led to talk that his second season in the French capital could be negatively impacted.

“The challenge is to bounce back,” Tuchel said. “If you hit the floor, you have to bounce back.”

Watch Tuchel’s answer to the Neymar question below.

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