PSG: Edinson Cavani Talks Manuel Ugarte Out of Chelsea Move

Paris Saint-Germain can credit former striker Edinson Cavani for the satisfaction derived from Manuel Ugarte’s performances. El Matador successfully convinced his Uruguayan compatriot to choose the Parisian club over Chelsea, which appeared to be in a more favorable position to secure his signature this summer.

For a long time lacking a genuine defensive midfielder, Paris Saint-Germain struck gold this summer with the acquisition of Manuel Ugarte. The initial €60 million investment raised eyebrows, but the Uruguayan quickly silenced critics with his stellar performances. A significant win for the capital club, thanks in part to the influence of former striker Edinson Cavani, who stepped in when Chelsea seemed to be in the lead for Ugarte.

“If I spoke with PSG players before coming? I discussed it with Cavani in the national team,” revealed the Uruguayan international to PSG’s media. “He told me about the atmosphere here, the passion of the fans. I always say that from the moment I arrived, I saw how much Cavani was appreciated by the fans here. I am 100% convinced that coming here was the best choice.” Beyond Matador’s persuasion, the presence of familiar faces also played a role.

“I knew some, like Nuno Mendes, with whom I had played at Sporting, and several Portuguese players I had played against in Portugal, like Vitinha and Ndour,” emphasized Manuel Ugarte, far from regretting his decision. “PSG, for me, is something incredible. Sometimes, I find it hard to believe that I am here because before coming, I couldn’t imagine the magnitude of this club, its worldwide reputation, its supporters… I am enjoying this incredible experience while focusing on achieving our goals.”

Ugarte affected by the fervor at the Parc However, it is not always easy to stay focused given the passionate crowd at the Parc des Princes. “I admit that I have been truly impressed during home games. The fans cheer for 90 minutes, and sometimes when you play, you want to look at the stands, but you have to stay focused on the match. As I said, the affection I have felt since my arrival is incredible, and I feel at home,” expressed a delighted Manuel Ugarte.

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