Rafael Benitez: 'I hope Edinson Cavani stays at Napoli'

Benitez: 'I hope Cavani stays'
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Napoli coach Rafael Benitez says that he would like to keep striker Edinson Cavani at the club.

Rafael Benitez has admitted that he wants to keep Edinson Cavani at Napoli.

The Uruguayan has been linked with a move away from the Serie A side, with Manchester City among those interested in the striker.

While being presented to the media as Napoli coach for the first time, the Spaniard said: "I spoke with Cavani, he's a very good player and very important for us.

"He is with us, [although] he is doing his work in another tournament at the moment, I hope to see him here. We are waiting to see what he decides."

The club's president, Aurelio de Laurentiis, has indicated that City are not willing to meet the £54m release clause in Cavani's contract.

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Napoi's Edison Cavani celebrates his goal against Parma on January 27, 2013
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