Belfast Telegraph

Friday 31 October 2014

Di Maria wants to leave - Ancelotti

Angel Di Maria wants to move on from Real Madrid

Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract, coach Carlo Ancelotti has revealed.

Di Maria has been heavily linked with a move to Manchester United, with recent reports suggesting the Red Devils are willing to spend up to £100million on the transfer fee and wages to take the Argentina winger to Old Trafford.

Ancelotti has previously given little away about Di Maria's future but on Thursday confirmed that the 26-year-old has asked to leave the European champions.

"Di Maria asked to go in the summer and has rejected an offer from the club," Ancelotti said at a press conference.

"The player has to look for a solution. If when the (transfer) market closes he's still here, he will work with us like last season and there will be no problem."

Ancelotti, speaking ahead of Friday's Supercopa second leg against Atletico Madrid, added of Di Maria: "He's a Real Madrid player and until August 31, as I've already said, anything can happen.

"I'm surprised to read that there seems to be some disagreement (about Di Maria) between the club and me. There's no disagreement and we both think the same."

Ancelotti also revealed that midfielder Sami Khedira has rejected the offer of a new contract - although the World Cup winner has not said he wants to leave.

Arsenal are reportedly keen on the 27-year-old, who has seen competition for a place in the Madrid midfield increase this summer with the signings of his Germany team-mate Toni Kroos and Colombia star James Rodriguez.

Ancelotti said of Khedira: "It's a different situation to Di Maria. He's not asked to go. He's rejected an offer to renew, but has a year of contract. We'll see what happens."

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