Angel Di Maria's Future With Real Madrid Remains Unclear

By John Pavia
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After the signings of James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, Angel Di Maria may not have much of a future at Real Madrid even though he had what was perhaps his best season for Los Blancos last year.

Di Maria, who typically plays in a wide position that can be more advanced or be closer to the traditional midfield role, may be the odd man out with these two additions to his club team. Manager Carlo Ancelotti may be under a bit more pressure to win La Liga this season given the incredible arsenal of attacking talent he has to work with.

Di Maria’s optimal position is actually occupied by Gareth Bale, who excelled last year for Los Blancos, and Di Maria should consider a move to another high-level team like Paris Saint-Germain or Manchester United. Both clubs are rumored to be interested in acquiring him.

If he were to stay at Real Madrid this season, Di Maria may end up in Ancelotti’s starting 11 because he does not technically fit in his preferred 4-3-3 formation as a midfielder. The front three spots in Ancelotti’s 4-3-3 are almost guaranteed to be Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and Karim Benzema.

The center trio of midfielders has generally been Luka Modric, a more attacking-minded player, along with Sami Khedira and Xabi Alonso, two players known more for their defensive ability and work rate in clogging up the middle of the field for their opponents. The introduction of Kroos and Rodriguez awards Ancelotti with a bit more creativity in the midfield, and Di Maria’s ability to use his blistering pace would be limited in the middle of the pitch.

PSG could be the ideal destination for Di Maria to continue playing first-team football at a high level, and it would also seem to be the correct fit for him positionally as well. His attacking talents and wicked left-foot would be on display constantly, and he would provide another dynamic option next to world-beater Zlatan Ibrahimovic.

Ancelotti will almost certainly look to introduce his new signings into the first team immediately, and Di Maria seems to be the most likely casualty to result from that action. There is still some time before the upcoming season starts and the transfer window closes, so Di Maria and Real Madrid still have time to look for a deal that would suit both of their interests.

At this point in time, no deal is on the immediate horizon, but I would venture to say that Di Maria will end up at PSG sooner rather than later.

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