Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has told the club’s official website that it is up to Angel di Maria to decide his future.
The Argentina international winger joined the Red Devils from Spanish giants Real Madrid in the summer of 2014.
Much was expected of the 27-year-old, but he has been largely disappointing for United and is not even guaranteed a place in the starting line-up.
In 25 Premier League appearances so far this campaign, Di Maria has scored three goals and created 50 chances, while having a pass accuracy of 78% and a shot accuracy of 45%.
Van Gaal wants Di Maria to remain at Old Trafford next season, but he has admitted that the final decision may not be that straightforward.
“I think Di Maria shall stay,” the Dutchman told United’s official website when asked if Di Maria will remain in Manchester next season.
“The manager and the club is always dependable on the opinion of the player himself,” added Van Gaal. “The player decides, so we shall see what he decides.
“The decision is not only [down] to him because we have a contract, so we shall speak always with every player and evaluate, as I always do. Then we speak with each other about the future, and that is [the case] with every player.”
From Van Gaal’s comments it seems that although he wants Di Maria to stay, the Argentine may not too keen on remaining at United.
If the situation was straightforward, then the former Netherlands coach would have given a simple one-sentence answer.
Di Maria is a genuinely world-class footballer and started the season well, but injuries and poor form have made him a shadow of the player he was at Madrid less than a year ago.