Chelsea transfers: Benítez wants Cavani to stay at Napoli

Chelsea transfers: Napoli manager Rafael Benítez says he wants Edinson Cavani to stay at the Serie A outfit beyond this summer

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Rafael Benítez's Chelsea finished third in the Premier League Photo: The Sport Review

Rafael Benítez says he wants Napoli striker Edinson Cavani to spurn interest from Chelsea and Real Madrid.

The 26-year-old has been heavily linked with a £54m switch to La Liga runners-up Madrid after scoring 29 goals in 34 Serie A appearances last season.

Former Chelsea manager Benítez was appointed as Walter Mazzarri’s successor at the Stadio San Paolo earlier this month after leaving Stamford Bridge.

The Spaniard urged Cavani to stay at a club where he is “loved” and insists Napoli don’t need the money from the striker’s potential sale.

“Neither me or the president want Cavani to leave because he’s a really important player for us,” Benítez told Radio Marca.

“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.”

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