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Odsonne Édouard explains how Cavani made him a better footballer

Édouard moved from PSG this summer to become Celtic's record signing

Celtic’s Odsonne Édouard has been a man possessed since arriving at Parkhead on a permanent basis this summer.

After impressing on loan from PSG, Édouard moved to Celtic for €10m – a record signing for the Scottish outfit.

Édouard has done more than enough to pay Celtic back so far, as he’s scored 12 goals and provided four assists in 25 matches in all competitions this season and has become one of Brendan Rodgers’ most reliable players.

Speaking with the Scottish Sun, Edouard revealed that PSG and Uruguay star Edinson Cavani gave him some very important advice during his time in the French capital.

“When I was at PSG, Edinson Cavani gave me advice every day. Whether it was about my positional sense, my finishing, even my speed, he spoke to me a lot.

“This gave me a massive amount of belief in myself that a great striker like him took time out to speak to me.

“He basically was responsible for me being a striker and he gave me confidence.

“I was also there with Zlatan Ibrahimovic, but he was different. I was a kid and that was it. He didn’t speak the same language as me so it was not easy to communicate.

“Occasionally, he gave me a few instructions through signs, but there wasn’t a lot of exchanges between us.

“It was stuffy at PSG. I needed to go on a new project. There were great players in my position. I was young and I had to go out and play football.

“I decided to leave and give new impetus to my career.

“So I chose Celtic because they are a big club who always play in Europe. I had a good chat with the manager.

“He told me about his projects and ambitions and spoke about what he wanted to do with me.

“I appreciated his words and it just felt like a good feeling with him. I immediately decided there and then I would sign.

“I needed a new challenge and you don’t refuse a club like Celtic.

“Brendan Rodgers is a very good coach. From day one, he spoke to me a lot and always encourages me. He is very experienced.

“He has made me a better player and I feel I am progressing very well under him.”