Edinson Cavani wants Napoli return 'while I am still playing at a high level'

Edinson Cavani has said he wants to return to play for Napoli one day, and not when it is too late for him to make a difference.

Cavani, 30, was back in the city of Naples on Tuesday night to pick up an award as best foreign forward at a "Football Leader 2017" ceremony which also saw Lazio coach Simone Inzaghi and Sampdoria forward Fabio Quagliarella pick up prizes.

The Paris Saint-Germain forward was emotional to be back in the city where he scored 104 goals in 138 appearances between 2010 and 2013, and did not hesitate to reveal a promise he had made to return one day.

"I'm so emotional, I cannot find the words. It's beautiful to come back here, where each Sunday I fought so hard for this shirt and felt such strong emotions," Cavani, who has three years on his PSG deal to run, said.

"I would move back to Italy, but only to Napoli. I speak with respect for all of the clubs I played for, but all of my family and those who know me already know that this is where I left part of my heart.

"When I left, I said that if things changed a bit, I would like to come back to Napoli, but I want to come back here while I am still playing at a high level. I don't want to come back to Napoli when my footballing days are ending -- it's going to be me who decides when I retire, so when I come back, I will still be in form."

Cavani scored 35 goals for PSG this season -- two fewer than Lionel Messi, who won the Golden Shoe award, but more than Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, Edin Dzeko or Harry Kane.

"Whoever plays in France has less of a chance of winning [the golden shoe] due to the way points are allocated," he said. "But for me it is satisfying to have played such a great season with the team.

"Some people say I run too much and by the time I arrive in front of goal, when I have to provide the finish, I am tired. But this is just my way of playing. I need to do this to score goals."