Cavani on Neymar: We do not need to be friends

Date published: Wednesday 18th October 2017 10:25

Edinson Cavani has discussed his relationship with Neymar, as well as the penalty-taking situation at Paris Saint-Germain.

The bond between the two players was scrutinised earlier this season when they argued over who should take a penalty during a league game.

Cavani played down reports of a rift between the pair last month, but countryman Diego Forlan exacerbated the issue by branding Dani Alves, who had taken the ball from Cavani to give to Neymar for a set-piece, as “Neymar’s b*tch”.

“The penalty case, that’s in the past,” Cavani told SFR Sport. “These are things that happen in football.

“We must find the solution together and function as a team. We need to be a competitive team, but we do not need to be friends. You have to be professional, and afterwards everyone has their own life.

On whether he has been removed from penalty duty, the striker responded: “This is up to the coach to decide. What is best for the team?

“I think the person in charge will find the solution. When he makes the decision, it will be like that.

“Did he make his decision? I don’t think so.”

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