SoccerFriday, August 22, 2014
Di María wants to leave Madrid
Coach Ancelotti confirms Argentine asked for a transfer
Argentina attacking midfielder Ángel Di María has decided to leave Real Madrid and requested a transfer. Manchester United is the main candidate to sign the player before the transfer window closes at the end of the month.
MADRID — Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti said Argentina attacking midfielder Ángel Di María has asked for a transfer and the club will try to find a solution before the end of the transfer window on August 31.
The 26-year-old Di María has spent the last four years at Madrid and helped it win the Champions League last season.
Ancelotti said: “Di María has asked to leave and he has rejected an offer (to renew his contract) from the club.”
The former Benfica player, who is under contract with Madrid until 2018, has been linked to Manchester United and Paris Saint-Germain.
Madrid signed two more attacking midfielders in James Rodríguez and Toni Kroos this summer, increasing competition for Di María to maintain his place in its starting lineup.
“We will find a solution for Di María before the end of the transfer window, but he remains a Madrid player for now. We are in a situation that the player has to fix himself,” said Ancelotti. “I’m surprised that it seems as if we are not all in agreement about the situation, but this is not the case. We are all on the same line here.”
United’s boss Louis van Gaal named the Argentine as a Red Devils target earlier this month, and previously faced competition from Paris Saint-Germain to land the 26-year-old. But United’s hopes were given a significant boost yesterday after Ancelotti confirmed that Di María had rebuffed an offer to stay at the Bernabeu before requesting a transfer from the European champion.
United, which lost its first round of the Premier League against Swansea, officially introduced Marcos Rojo as a new signing on Wednesday. The defender was Di María’s teammate in Argentina national team during the World Cup in Brazil.
Van Gaal will have until the end of the month to sign Di María.
“If Di María cannot find a solution for his future, he will stay here. We embrace him and he can continue to work here. There’s no problem,” said Ancelotti. “Di María could start in the second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atlético, like all the players who are available.”
The coach added that Cristiano Ronaldo will be fit for the deciding match today. The Portuguese went off as a precaution at half time during the first leg at the Bernabeu on Tuesday suffering a hamstring strain during the 1-1 draw.
Herald staff with agencies