Cavani extends Napoli deal

  • Last Updated: August 31 2012, 22:30 BST

Edinson Cavani has extended his contract with Napoli until 2017.

Edinson Cavani: Staying at Napoli

The Uruguayan striker's decision to commit himself to the Serie A club for a further five years ends speculation linking the 25-year-old with a last-minute departure from the San Paolo on Friday evening.

A statement on the Partenopei's official website also confirmed the double capture of defenders Giandomenico Mesto and Bruno Uvini from Genoa and Sao Paolo respectively.

Cavani has emerged as one of Europe's hottest properties since joining Napoli from Palermo in 2010, scoring 49 goals in 63 appearances under coach Walter Mazzarri.

He has also been an influential figure on the world stage, earning 40 caps since his international debut in 2008 and playing a key role as Uruguay reached the semi-finals of the World Cup in South Africa.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis later revealed his fear that Cavani might cross Europe in order to finalise a move elsewhere.

Quoted on calciomercato.com, he joked at a press conference: "Sometimes relationships do come to an end, and I was sure he would be heading to Manchester in a few hours time."

But Cavani added: "I'm happy here. The club has been good to me and I wanted to stay."

De Laurentiis subsequently confirmed the existence of a 63million euro release clause to the Uruguayan's new contract.

The Napoli chairman continued: "I have a special relationship with 'Edi'.

"As well as being a great professional, he is a man of ethics and strong principles.

"Thanks to the quality of Cavani, (Napoli) has become a really strong team. Our commitment is to take Napoli higher and higher while maintaining a healthy balance sheet."

Cavani added: "The warmth of Naples is unique, you can breathe in the atmosphere here.

"It's the affection of the fans that makes me give more than 100 per cent.

"Napoli is the most beautiful city in the world and the sheer passion here is priceless. My family and I decided to continue living in this marvellous city."