Al-Khelaifi: Cavani The Perfect Heir To Ibrahimovic

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According to PSG president, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, Edinson Cavani is big enough to step into the shoes Zlatan Ibrahimovic will leave at the club.

Ibrahimovic has been a driving force for the ligue 1 giants, scoring 156 goals in all competitions for the past four seasons.

The Sweden international’s contract will expire this month, with the likes of Ronaldo, Neymar and Lacazette tipped to take over where he left off.

However, Al-Khelaifi is confident Cavani – who has occupied more of a wide role due to Ibrahimovic’s presence – is more than capable of scoring the goals PSG need to maintain their superiority.

“I sometimes feel that the media does not see things well,” he told Le Parisien.

“He [Ibrahimovic] was a scorer, a great scorer. [But] Cavani is one of the best in the world. Watch his goals throughout his career. Cavani is one of the best in this position, why look elsewhere?

“It is a change of the project. We will recruit players who bring more to the team. We will look for players who will help the team to take the next steps on the field.

“We need players who eat the grass, and are ready to die for the club and this jersey.”

Hatem Ben Arfa has been linked with a switch to Parc des Princes after a sensational season with Nice, the former Newcastle United playmaker scoring 18 goals in 2015-16, and Al-Khelaifi is a fan.

“He is a great player in French football. He has grown mentally, he has a lot of talent and a lot of quality,” Al-Khelaifi added.

“Some people wonder if he can play at a big club, in my opinion the answer is yes. He’s an option, but there are others.”



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