Arsene Wenger’s hopes of landing Los Blancos winger Angel Di Maria in the January transfer window have been dealt a blow after the player pledged his future to Madrid.
Arsenal had been linked with a move for the player during the summer after the 25-year-old fell down the pecking order at Real following the arrival of Gareth Bale for a record fee.
The Gunners were believed to have bid £26.5 million to land the player, however no deal materialised before the close of the transfer window with Di Maria opting to remain at the club.
Some suggested Arsenal would be willing to resurrect the deal in January, believing that a lack of playing time in the intervening months with a World Cup just around the corner would encourage the Argentina international to seek a move away.
But those slim hopes look to have been extinguished following the publication of an interview with Di Maria in AS.
Speaking to the Spanish publication, the winger was clear in his plans for the future.
“My contract runs until 2018 and hopefully I’ll reach that point, which would be a privilege,” he told the news provider.
“Every day I try to give everything to be here, and I’m going to fight for the shirt until the death, and until the day I leave.”
With Di Maria out of the picture for the Gunners, Arsene Wenger could look elsewhere for midfield reinforcements with Schalke attacker Julian Draxler among the potential targets.
The German is a hot property in Europe at present and could be tempted to move to north London, where he could link up with fellow countrymen Lukas Podolski, Per Mertesacker and new recruit Mezut Ozil.
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