Thomas Tuchel thinks Edinson Cavani and Leandro Paredes will remain at Paris Saint-Germain beyond the end of the January transfer window amid reports both players could depart this year.
Cavani, 32, appears to be in especially high demand after he entered the final six months of his deal at the Parc des Princes, leaving him free to sign a pre-contract agreement with any club outside Ligue 1.
Tuchel told reporters he sympathised with the Uruguay veteran after he fell down the pecking order following injury, predicting he and Paredes would remain at the club beyond this month:
“He is here, in a good frame of mind and everyone has to prepare in the best way to be ready when needed. I trust them and think they will stay with us. It is not necessary to imagine anything else.”
Gianluca Di Marzio even went so far as to report Cavani has already agreed a contract with Atletico Madrid and is set to join Diego Simeone’s ranks on a three-year deal.
Cavani has scored 198 goals for PSG—more than any player in club history—but his place in the team was first thrown into doubt following his hip injury earlier this season. Mauro Icardi—a loan signing from Inter Milan—struck up a promising partnership with Kylian Mbappe during this period and has continued to impress.
Paredes, 25, joined PSG from Zenit St. Petersburg in January 2019, but the Argentina anchor hasn’t settled as smoothly into the team as Tuchel might have hoped. He contributed one goal and one assist in his last three Ligue 1 outings but is said to be eyeing an exit after struggling to make an impact one year into his tenure.