Edinson Cavani has bid farewell to Manchester United’s supporters following the news that he will leave the club this summer.
Interim manager Ralf Rangnick announced the Uruguayan legend was playing his last game for the club ahead of United’s final day defeat to Crystal Palace on Sunday.
Following an impressive debut season at Old Trafford, string of injuries have hampered the veteran in 2021/22. Cavani leaves United having managed only 20 appearances in all competitions last term, while he netted just twice.
In an interview with the club’s official website, Cavani thanked the fans and expressed regret over the way his final season had panned out.
“I sincerely have nothing but words of gratitude towards the fans and supporters Manchester United,” he said.
“Honestly, they have shown me a lot of respect from the very first moment I arrived. I think they’ve greatly recognised all the hard work I’ve always tried to put in in the best way possible, giving my best for this team.
“I really am very grateful, and I’ll be leaving here with a happy memory of that affection they showed me and always displayed.”
Reflecting on his season, he continued: “I wanted to contribute more this season.
“One of the things that has left me with a slightly bitter taste is that when we had a highly enjoyable and pretty decent [2020/21] season, we weren’t able to have the supporters along with us.
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“And now, this season, with the fans coming back into the grounds and stadiums, I haven’t really been able to have the kind of campaign, if I’m being honest, on a personal front that I would really have liked. Where I would have been able to score the kind of goals I did last season, and then be celebrating them a bit more with the fans – the kind of stuff that it’s great for a forward or a striker to be doing.
“But I want to sincerely thank the fans from the bottom of my heart, because they have always shown me a lot of affection, and that is very important for a footballer.”