Cavani: I won't leave Napoli but I would like to play in the Premier League someday

Manchester City are among the Uruguay international's many admirers, but the prolific forward insisted that he has no desire to leave the Partenopei just yet
Edinson Cavani has stated that he would one day like to play in the Premier League, but for now he will stay in Italy with Napoli.

As revealed in June, Manchester City are among those keen on signing the Uruguay international, who is currently representing his country at the 2012 Olympic Games in London.

Cavani freely admits that the prospect of plying his trade in the Premier League does appeal to him, but he has no intention of parting company with the Partenopei just yet.

"The big English clubs want me? I answer: Forza Napoli! But it is said that English football is art, why not think about it one day if there is that possibility?" he admitted in an interview with Mattino.

The in-demand forward only signed a new five-year contract with Napoli last summer, but it is believed that he is currently trying to secure a pay rise in order to remain at the San Paolo.

Club president Aurelio De Laurentiis recently claimed that he would have no problem letting the player rot in the reserves if he were to demand exorbitant wages, but Cavani is unperturbed by the notoriously outspoken film producer's comments and insinuated that he warrants an improved deal.

"De Laurentiis knows what he's saying," he mused. "But I do not answer in words, only on the field.

"I think that what I have done so far represents something important for Naples. My 66 goals in two years - that seems like a good percentage to me."

Meanwhile, Cavani insisted that his wife's recent mugging will not affect whether he stays or goes, though he did admit that if the robbery had been carried out by a fan, he would have left the club immediately.

"These things happen everywhere," he reasoned. "Now we have to react and recover our sense of tranquility.

"I'm calm, even though it was a difficult day. I was far away, here in Manchester, so I felt helpless.

"Then, the hours passed and now the family must try to have faith in the future.

"[But] had it been a Napoli fan who did the robbery, I would not have thought for a second and walked away.

"But it was not a football fan; it is not one of those Neapolitans who, in recent years, have shown me such great affection."

Cavani, who started for Uruguay in Thursday's 2-1 victory over the United Arab Emirates at Old Trafford, scored 23 goals in 35 appearances for Napoli in Serie A last season.