Real Madrid and Carlo Ancelotti are living in hope that Argentine winger, Angel Di Maria, will have a change of heart and remain in the Spanish capital, despite openly admitting the club would listen to offers of £50 million for the star player, according the the Marca.
Di Maria was hoping to depart for the World Cup with assurances from Los Blancos, that an improved offer was going to be waiting for him on his return, however after weeks of speculation which has been a clear distraction for the 26-year old, the player is no closer to sorting out his future.
Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti insisted that although he is more than happy with Fabio Coentrao, Sami Khedira and Angel Di Maria, he will listen to sizeable offers for the trio in order to bring a little liquidity to the club, a clear indication that Di Maria is surprisingly not really wanted by the club.
As a result of the mixed signals and clear lack of commitment by the club that he has served since 2010, the star player, who enjoyed his best season at the Bernabeu last year, appears to have decided that his career lies elsewhere, prompting interest from Europe's biggest clubs including PSG, Monaco, Manchester United and Arsenal.
Di Maria has always felt there has been no true affinity between the fans and himself since he arrived at the club for €30 million, and after helping Los Blancos to lift the Copa del Rey, the UEFA Champions League and the La Liga title, he sees this as the perfect opportunity for the Madrid giants to cash in on him for €50 million, in a deal that displays complete lack of loyalty.
Adding to this, Real have openly admitted that they are now making Monaco's, James Rodriguez, their top summer target, after a spectacular World Cup thus far by the left-winger, a clear signal that he is only wanted by the club if they fail to bring the Columbian star to Mardrid, and that he will be sacrificed as part of the deal if it can be done.
It beggars belief that a player who scored the winner for his country against Switzerland to send them through to the quarterfinals of the Brazil showpiece is being treated in such a way.
Would the big three, Ronaldo, Bale and Benzema have scored 97 goals for the club last season if Di Maria hadn't showed the sort of form that he did? Perhaps not.
Speculation a distraction
The Argentine was determined not to have any distractions this World Cup, following all the attention he received in South Africa ahead of his move to Madrid for Porto, however it appears despite all of those intentions, this time out, it has been even worse.
"I was disappointed after South Africa. I couldn't perform as well as I wanted. I don't want the same to happen in this World Cup. I want to get my head down and give my best for my team"
For the sake of both parties involved, Real Madrid and Di Maria need to clarify their positions and allow the player to continue focussing on helping his country win their first World Cup since 1986.