Tabarez: Cavani firmly focused on Uruguay

The veteran manager is fully convinced the sought-after forward will put rumors regarding his future to the side ahead of Uruguay's the Confederations Cup semifinal against Brazil
Uruguay boss Oscar Tabarez has dismissed fears that the uncertainty surrounding Edinson Cavani's future at club level could have an adverse effect on the striker's performance against Brazil on Wednesday.

The Napoli forward is understood to be nearing a move away from Stadio San Paolo this summer, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Manchester City and Chelsea all showing interest; however, Tabarez says the talisman will put the speculation regarding his club future to one side in a bid to aid his country's passage to the Confederations Cup final at the expense of the host Selecao.

"This is about the private life of a professional footballer. There is no lack of concentration from Cavani," Tabarez said at his pre-match press conference.

Tabarez went on to reveal how he predicted the star would soon attract some of Europe's elite clubs, much to the annoyance of Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis.

"De Laurentiis got mad at me two years ago when I said it was a matter of time before Cavani would prove to be one of the world's best players - now he is top goalscorer in Italy," Tabarez said.

The veteran manager turned his attentions toward Brazil and believes the two sides could serve up a classic, while warning the Selecao of Uruguay's attacking options.

"Everybody is worried about Brazil and their attack, but they have not yet faced a team with an attack as powerful as ours," Tabarez said. "But we believe in what we've been working at for the past seven years and we hope this match will be remembered as one of the greats."

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