Paris Saint-Germain manager Thomas Tuchel has reiterated his desire to keep Edinson Cavani amid rumours the striker could leave the club in January.
The Uruguay international has fallen behind in the pecking order at the Parc des Princes this season following injury, with Mauro Icardi now the preferred partner to Kylian Mbappe.
Tuchel told Canal+ (via Goal’s Patric Ridge) he wanted Cavani to remain in Paris despite his diminished involvement this campaign:
"If there can be departures and arrivals in the group? It's still possible in football, I can't say.
“Cavani? We have to ask Edi the question. He is injured. He felt something in training and he couldn't be there. If I want him to stay? It's better, to achieve our goals, to have him, yes."
Cavani has scored five times in 14 appearances across all competitions this term, though only six of those outings have come as part of the starting XI.
Icardi—a summer loan arrival from Inter Milan—made the most of his team-mate’s injury absence near the beginning of the season, netting 17 goals in all contests.
Cavani’s contract at the Parc des Princes is due to expire in June 2020, and it looks as though Les Parisiens are willing to lose their all-time top scorer (198 goals) on the cheap.
The South American—who turns 33 in February—was previously reported to have a pre-contract agreement in place with Atletico Madrid, who were understood to be $22.2 million (€20 million) off in their offer to sign the player this month, per Marca.