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Benitez will fight to retain Cavani

ESPN staff
June 26, 2013

New Napoli manager Rafael Benitez has stressed to Radio Marca that his side are eager to retain the services of in-demand striker Edinson Cavani.

Cavani, 26, has been linked with Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid and Manchester City, although it remains to be seen if the player's €63 million release clause will be met.

On Tuesday, Radio Marte reported a €58 million offer from Chelsea had been accepted for Cavani, who scored 29 Serie A goals last season, but Benitez is hopeful he will remain in Naples.

The Spaniard told Radio Marca: "Neither me nor the president want Cavani to leave because he's a really important player for us.

"Clearly, there is a clause that you can't control, but we want him to stay to score many goals and to continue growing with Napoli.

"He found success and fame with this team and he can stay for another year with supporters who love him.

"Napoli don't need the money. Should he leave, it will be for his clause, and it's a really high sum.

"But our intention is that he will stay. The president's intention is to strengthen the team and Cavani is our most important player.

"I don't know if he has had any offers, but I know there is a clause and anyone who wants him will have to pay it."

Cavani recently urged his family to stop talking to the media about his future as he feels their comments are harming his reputation.

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