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Blanc wants Cavani to be a 'leader'

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Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc feels Edinson Cavani can play a leading role in the final weeks of the season.

In the five games PSG has played without injured talisman Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Cavani has scored three of his side's six goals, including a brace that secured victory in the Coupe de la Ligue final. 

The forward has been linked with a move to Manchester United recently, but Blanc is keen for Cavani to remain a focal point for PSG. 

"Cavani can be a leader on the field. Off the field, I think it's more complicated for him to be one," said Blanc. "We have other leaders in the group such as Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

"I think this year's team has made good progress, both defensively and offensively. It is very satisfying." 

After PSG was beaten in dramatic fashion by Chelsea in the Champions League quarterfinals, the club suffered defeat in Ligue 1 to Lyon. 

However, the team recovered to clinch the Coupe de la Ligue with victory over the same opponent before putting itself on the brink of back-to-back league titles courtesy of Sunday's draw at Sochaux. 

"We took some time to recover from the setback in the Champions League," Blanc added. "We still have to get the title. We have to take the title again, this is a nice motivation for the team.

"This season Monaco have allowed us to stay focused on our objectives."

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