Despite making a total of 55 appearances (44 as a starter) for the Madrid giants last season and playing an instrumental role in helping Real clinch their 10th European title against city rivals Ateltico last Saturday, the 26-year-old wideman, who had been expected to leave following the arrival of Gareth Bale last summer, is now considering his future at the Bernabeu.
‘I am not going to lie, I know that there are clubs that want to sign me and can match Real Madrid’s demands.
‘But that’s up to my representatives and the club. I will stay if the club wants me to stay.’
‘I am not thinking about my future now. We will see what Madrid have in mind, whether they want me to stay or leave.
‘I am happy at Madrid. I had a great season and always had everybody’s support.
‘But sometimes you don’t have a choice, even when you want to stay yourself.’
Several clubs including the likes of Monaco, PSG, ManchesterCity and United, are believed to be weighing up a move for Di Maria this summer, but should Arsenal be among the flock as well?
Although Di Maria has a tendency to feign injury and go down a lot, the guy is one of the best wingers in world football in my opinion. He has bags of energy and is a threat to any full-back when bombing forward. He also possesses excellent ball control, agility, athleticism and delivers great balls into the box from the wide position.
Wenger has also experimented with Mesut Ozil in this position but it just hasn’t worked for either both player and club. Santi Cazorla has also featured out on the left but he is clearly more effective in the middle of the park.
Signing Di Maria would kill two birds with one stone in my view, as the Argentine would easily fit right into the side and solve our problems on left, allowing Podolski to challenge Olivier Giroud for the frontman role this season.
I don’t exactly know what Di Maria’s price tag is, but reports suggest it ranges between £25-30 million – a price well worth paying for one of footballs most potent attackers.