Cavani can do at PSG what he did at Napoli – Mazzarri

The striker has failed to shine in Ligue 1, having been utilised as a winger since he joined, but his former coach believes he can still star for the French club

Walter Mazzarri has spoken out in defence of Paris Saint-Germain striker Edinson Cavani, stating he is a “great player” while insisting the Uruguay international and Zlatan Ibrahimovic can play together.

The South American has come in for criticism as he has been frustrated since his move to the French capital from Napoli, where he was a star player under Mazzarri for four years.

The 27-year-old has generally been used as a winger, only being moved into the centre-forward position in the absence of star forward Ibrahimovic.

But Mazzarri insists he can go on to be a key player for the Ligue 1 champions and reach the heights he hit in Serie A.

“Cavani is a player who gave me a lot and for whom I have great respect,” the Inter coach told France Football. “We have always had a good relationship. He is an athlete and an outstanding professional who was instrumental in my team.

“We made history together with Napoli, getting into the Champions League twice and the Europa League twice too.

“I don’t want to judge the situation at PSG. His coach knows what to do. Given that he is no longer my player, I’d rather not go into details on the matter.

“Cavani is a great player and I am convinced that at PSG he can do what he did with Napoli. He and Ibrahimovic form a great pair and they can play together – that is not a problem.”

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