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Ancelotti: "Di María has to be back at Valdebebas on 5 August"
Real Madrid's coach is opposed to the sale of the Argentina international, with 'El Fideo' out to leave and the club keen to cash in on the player.
“I don’t have any news about Di María. I know the same about him as I do about the others. He has finished the World Cup and on 5 August he has to be at Valdebebas.” That was the categorical response of Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti after Los Blancos’ match against Inter Milan in the USA – comments that clash with the intentions of the player, Paris Saint-Germain and Real president Florentino Pérez.
PSG have raised their offer for Di María to 75 million euros (their previous bid was 65 million) and are out to add ‘El Fideo’ to their squad as soon as possible. The Paris club believe Edinson Cavani and Ezequiel Lavezzi (or Javier Pastore, who doesn’t want to leave) will depart in the near future in order to avoid Financial Fair Play issues and have decided to go for broke in their bid to sign the 26-year-old.
Di María continues to await developments as he sees out his summer holidays. The Argentine, who decided weeks ago to ply his trade in Ligue 1 (he’ll sign a five-year deal and will earn around eight million euros net per year), wants to complete his move so as not to have to join up with Los Blancos a week on Tuesday, the date Ancelotti has set for the return of the club’s World Cup finalists (Toni Kroos, Sami Khedira and Di María) and Marcelo.
Ancelotti wants to hold on to the player – as he did last summer – because he is crucial to his playing system. On Thursday, Ancelotti continued to entertain hopes of being able to convince Di María and Real that he should stay. However, the former Benfica man is firmly focused on playing for PSG, while the club has underlined to the coach that a huge offer of 75 million euros is too good to turn down and has to be accepted in order to finance the signings of Kroos and James Rodríguez, as well as the imminent arrival of Keylor Navas.