Paris-Saint Germain striker Edinson Cavani had denied a rift with fellow striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic, claiming the only issue he has is with being played out of position, following an on pitch spat with manager Laurent Blanc in the top of the table clash with Marseille, according to The Daily Mail.
While the Uruguayan forward admitted the two were not close friends, he dismissed reports following manager Laurent Blanc’s calls for them to improve their on pitch relationship.
He said, “‘I do not know where this rumour of a bad relationship with Ibrahimovic comes from. We are footballers who play for the same club and we respect one another. One cannot be friends with everyone.”
Cavani did mention, though, that he had an issue with being played out of his natural position as a striker, feeling as if he has been a square peg in a round hole of PSG’s front three. This could have possibly been to thank for his unhappiness with his manager during their match against Marseille.
“The only concern that I have ever spoken about is that I was recruited to play as a striker with Ibrahimovic and it has not always been the case,” the forward added.
“There is a long series of games where I have not scored in Ligue 1 but that can happen. In France, people judge me as a lone striker, but I do not play in that position.
“But aside from that, everything else is perfect here.”
The 28-year-old former Napoli striker has impressed this season, scoring 19 goals as part of the French giants’ front three, giving rise to talk of a move away to another European heavyweight.
While the forward did reveal his intention to see out the rest of the three years on his contract, he also refused to rule out a move away from the French capital.
“Currently, I am just thinking about finishing the season in Paris and also respecting my contract.
“My attention is only focused on training with the club that pays me. But anything can happen in football.”
— philippe (@philousports) April 5, 2015