New Manchester United signing Edinson Cavani admits he nearly quit football this summer after his girlfriend contracted coronavirus.
Cavani, 33, sealed a free move to United on transfer deadline day after leaving Paris St-Germain upon the expiry of his contract in July.
The Uruguay striker has reportedly penned a one-year deal worth £200,000-a-week at Old Trafford, with the option of a further 12 months included.
However, in an interview with Argentine radio show Dos de Punta, Cavani has revealed he came close to retiring from football after girlfriend Jocelyn Burgardt tested positive for Covid-19.
“Your family's health comes first,” he said.
“Of course I considered the idea of quitting football. It is true that I managed that option and that possibility to stop playing and stay in the countryside, dedicate myself to my life in the countryside.
“We have suffered through the coronavirus with my family and with my girlfriend. The truth is that it was bad because of the fear that it awakens.
“Thank God we recovered well and evolved well and here we are.”
Cavani scored 200 goals in 301 appearances for PSG, winning six Ligue 1 titles and four Coupe de France trophies.
Yet after being deemed surplus to requirements by Thomas Tuchel last season, he decided to call time on his seven-year stay at the Parc des Princes.
The veteran forward says it is a relief to have finally found a new club, having spent three months as a free agent.
“It is normal that anxiety begins to enter your mind,” he continued.
“The leagues had started to compete and of course, I wanted to have a team.
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“There are things that are not given because they should not be given. I am of the idea that in life things come when they have to come and sometimes, no matter how much you want something, if it doesn't have to happen, it doesn't happen.
“There was a lot of uncertainty and anxiety. Days began to pass and I saw my family, friends and everyone wanting to know where I was going to play. We are here, happy with the decision and now I want to put on the shirt.”
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