Carlo Ancelotti has not included Angel Di Maria in the squad for tonight’s second leg of the Spanish Super Cup against Atletico Madrid, according to Spain’s oldest and largest radio network, Cadena SER.
Spanish broadcaster ‘Cuatro’ reports that Di Maria was excluded because the club wants to avoid Di Maria picking up an injury which could undermine his chances of being sold this summer.
The first leg of the feisty encounter saw the match end in a 1-1 draw, after James Rodriguez 81st minute goal was neutralized by Raul Garcia’s effort seven minutes later.
Earlier today, it was also reported that Barcelona approached Real Madrid with an offer of £48million for Di Maria, but that bid was immediately refused by the club.
The news of Di Maria’s omission from Los Blancos squad comes off of yesterday’s admission from Real Madrid’s manager that Argentina international had requested to leave the club earlier in the summer.
“Di Maria put in a transfer request in the summer and turned down an offer to renew his contract. The club has been trying to find a solution for him. If he is still here when the transfer window closes, he will continue to work with us like he did last season, without any problem,” Ancelotti stated.
Speculation is the 26-year-old has become increasingly unhappy with his treatment by club officials following his efforts during Madrid’s Copa del Rey and Champions League title winning season last year.
The relationship between the player and his club has clearly been broken. Unless the Spanish club can renegotiate his contract and guarantee him a consistent role in the squad, Di Maria is likely to leave this summer.
Since the arrival of James Rodriguez, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has been trying to offload Di Maria, with PSG and Manchester United being heavily linked with the winger.
The Ligue 1 club had been the front runners to sign the Argentinian, but those rumors have cooled off in recent days after PSG president Nasser al-Khelaifi declared Di Maria was “too expensive” and his club had “stopped the discussions” with Madrid.
For most of the summer, the word from Di Maria’s camp is that the player desired a move to France. But because of the PSG’s Financial Fair Play restrictions, a move would be extremely difficult for the club to negotiate. Real Madrid would need to come down from their asking price and allow the player to leave on loan for the first season.
Manchester United have since jumped to the lead in the chase for the talented winger’s signature.
Speculation is the Premier League club had even lined up a financial package worth £100million for Di Maria (transfer fee and wages combined).
Today, the Spanish newspaper Marca is reporting that United have tabled a bid of £56million for the player. But as of right now, neither club has confirmed that information.
The arrival of Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon this week has boosted United’s chances of signing the Argentina international from Real Madrid. Numerous reports state that the two players have a close friendship which extends to each other’s families.