Angel di Maria confirms he is aware of transfer interest

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Real Madrid midfielder Angel di Maria has confirmed that he is aware of the mounting interest in his signature.

Argentine international Di Maria - who performed admirably to help the La Liga giants secure a historic 10th European crown in Lisbon on Saturday night - has been heavily linked with several clubs across Europe in recent weeks, with Arsenal and Manchester United two clubs listed as being in pursuit of the former Benfica playmaker.

Such admiring attention certainly does not appear to have escaped Di Maria's notice, with the 26-year-old also suggesting that the decision over whether or not he remains at the Santiago Bernabeu lies with Real themselves.

"I am not going to lie, I know that there are clubs that want to sign me and can match Real Madrid's demands," Di Maria told Spanish newspaper Marca in an interview that was quoted by The Daily Star.

"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."

While Di Maria has proved crucial to Real Madrid's fortunes under the management of Carlo Ancelotti, the club's vast and formidable strength in depth - particularly in the midfield areas - is such that it is not totally impossible to see them allowing the player to depart if they receive a bid of the correct value.

An intelligent, skilful, trustworthy and highly-versatile midfielder, it is not surprising to see a lengthy list of suitors vying for Di Maria's services.

Manchester United - who will surely be looking to dramatically improve their own midfield options quickly this summer following the appointment of Louis van Gaal - could well be a good fit, although obviously this would result in at least a year's absence from Champions League competition.

World Cup-bound Di Maria would also fit in very nicely indeed with Arsene Wenger's current selection of skilled internationals and is exactly the kind of player that has thrived at Arsenal in recent years.

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