Spanish newspaper El Confidencial claims Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti is refusing to accept that Angel Di Maria could leave the club.
The Argentine winger has been linked with a move to Manchester United, but recent reports have suggested Paris Saint-Germain have the edge because they can offer Champions League football.
Di Maria had an inconsistent World Cup but remains an important player for Los Blancos despite the presence of Cristiano Ronaldo and Gareth Bale in the current squad.
“The Italian wants the World Cup runner-up to continue at Real Madrid at any cost – He knows the sale may be imminent but refuses to accept it,” reports El C.
To a certain extent, Ancelotti’s hands are tied because El C also mentions that an exit is something that Di Maria has pushed for personally.
Therefore, the Italian will have to work extremely hard to convince the player that his future is at the Bernabeu and not with one of the club’s main European rivals.
Several sources have claimed that a deal has been agreed between the European champions and PSG, but the gaffer hasn’t had a chance to directly talk with the player as El C mentions that Ancelotti has been on holiday.
When he gets that chance, that’s when he’ll have an opportunity to examine just how strong Di Maria’s feelings are about leaving the club this summer.
El suggests that Ancelotti has resisted the opportunity to sell Di Maria ever since he’s been at the club, citing his decision to commission the sale of Mesut Ozil ahead of the winger last summer as an example.
“He opted for the continuity of Di Maria, which opened the exit door to Ozil. The Argentine responded with a good game.”
If Di Maria has his heart set on leaving, there’s little Ancelotti can do, but if he stays, Manchester United may get another crack at signing him in the future.