Tuchel expects Cavani to stay amid Real Madrid rumours

Paris Saint-Germain boss Thomas Tuchel expects Edinson Cavani to stay in France, while he denied reports of a deal for Julian Weigl.

Published : Jul 30, 2018 23:25 IST

Thomas Tuchel says Edinson Cavani is fully committed to Paris Saint-Germain amid speculation of interest from Real Madrid.

The European champion is rumoured to be lining up an approach for the prolific striker in an attempt to soften the blow of Cristiano Ronaldo's move to Juventus.

Any attempt to lure the Uruguay international from Parc des Princes is likely to prove difficult, though, as Tuchel is adamant the 31-year-old will still be at his disposal when the transfer window closes.

"This is my feeling and I have not heard such a thing [that Cavani wants to leave]," the PSG boss told reporters.

"I spoke to him and he didn't mention anything.

"He said he is looking forward to joining us [in pre-season]. He is a key player for us."

Tuchel also denied PSG has reached an agreement for Borussia Dortmund midfielder Julian Weigl.

Reports claim the 22-year-old Germany international could reunite with his former coach if Dortmund successfully completes an expected move for Tianjin Quanjian's Axel Witsel.

Weigl flourished under Tuchel during their two seasons together at Signal Iduna Park, making 60 Bundesliga appearances and breaking into the national team.

Tuchel, though, insists no deal has been struck for the player, although he did leave the door open to future discussions.

"He's agreed with us? No, no, that's not the fact, as far as I know," he said. "And I hope I know what is going on!

"Of course, there are rumours since I signed here because he was the kind of player that joined with me in Dortmund and had a great career and great development.

"He is a player a lot of teams in Europe would like to have in their squad and he can help a lot of teams, but right now there is no such thing in the next days."

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