Released: 8:08 am BST, October 12, 2020 | Updated: 9:01 am BST, October 12, 2020
Edinson Cavani believes compatriot Facundo Pellistri has “a lot to offer” to Manchester United after the Uruguayan couple signed for the club on the deadline last week.
Ex-PSG striker Cavani signed a free transfer last week that signed a two-year deal while United signed exciting teen Pellistri from Uruguayan club Penarol in the eleventh hour.
Pellistri, who only made his professional debut in August 2019, was a surprise acquisition at Old Trafford for £ 10m, but Cavani has revealed some details about the player that United fans can expect in the years to come.
Facundo Pellistri signed with Manchester United for Penarol for £ 10m last week
United’s new colleague Edinson Cavani has already shown his admiration for Pellistri’s game
“Pellistri is a young guy and I love the way he plays the game,” Cavani told the United official website.
“He’s the typical South American soccer player who has this mischievous nature in his game and the way he lives his soccer is a bit like what we say in Uruguay, being on ‘el campito’ like us call it a makeshift playing field on which you can kickabout for fun with your friends or with whomever.
“He’s a youngster who has a lot to learn, but also has a lot to offer. He has already shown what he can do at Penarol in the games he is featured in. ‚
After making his debut last summer, Pellistri made 30 appearances for Penarol before moving to Manchester last week for £ 10million.
Pellistri will celebrate Penarol’s goal in September – his last goal for the Uruguayan club
“I liked him from the moment he made his first team debut at Penarol,” added Cavani.
“I liked him a lot. He comes here to the club, no doubt determined to learn and mature as a player, but also to make a good contribution himself.
“Learning his trade here will be a great experience for him too. So it will be good to meet him and travel together on this journey in this new chapter for both of us. ‚
Former Tottenham manager Harry Redknapp believes United signed Cavani on the last day of the summer transfer window.
Cavani has trained in isolation with a free transfer after joining United
Harry Redknapp believes United have “desperately” signed Cavani after the late move
The 73-year-old said over the weekend: “I was desperate to see 33-year-old Cavani signing over £ 200,000 a week on the last day of the transfer window.
“Eight weeks ago people told me he was dying to come to England. When I heard the wages, I just wished them good luck.
“If he was someone United really wanted to sign, why did they leave him so late?”
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