Angel Di Maria has reportedly landed himself in trouble with current boss Carlo Ancelotti.
Linked with a move to Manchester United and Arsenal throughout the January transfer window as a result of a strained relationship with the Bernabeu crowd, Angel Di Maria has since won over his critics.
The Argentina international winger has moved into a more central position alongside Luka Modric and Xabi Alonso, and the move has benefited both the player and the team.
Real Madrid’s front three – dubbed the BBC by the Spanish media – have been in terrific form whereas the supply-line from Di Maria and his midfield partners have enabled Real Madrid to remain unbeaten through 2014.
Things are going good in Madrid, perhaps too good that Angel Di Maria’s desire to put an end to Barcelona La Liga title-challenge in 9 days seems to have landed him in hot water with his boss Carlo Ancelotti.
According to Spanish press, Di Maria has admitted he wishes to sit out of this week’s trip to Malaga so that it eliminates the chance of him picking up a fifth booking which would rule him out of the imminent el clasico - a situation which hasn't gone down well with former Chelsea boss Ancelotti.
He commented: "If Di Maria has said he doesn't want to play against Malaga it surprises me, because all the games are the same. “
"I'm not going to put together the team thinking about cards and things like that. I know who's in the team, but I'm not going to say. “
"But if Di Maria plays and is shown a card then someone else will play against Barca and that's it. It not a problem.”
Whilst Di Maria’s current on-field antics have helped him win over the Real Madrid crowd, there remains an element of unpredictability about him which suggests that his future at the club is never secure – giving hope that a deal to Old Trafford one day isn’t a closed book.