Manchester United will not be signing Angel di Maria this summer, according to one of his prominent teammates at the Santiago Bernabeu club.
Sergio Ramos spoke to the media following the first leg of the Spanish Super Cup against city rivals Atletico Madrid, which ended in a 1-1 draw, when he gave his opinion on the mooted move for Di Maria by the Old Trafford club.
Man Utd interest
New Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal has been linked with a swoop for the Argentina international since the World Cup in Brazil this summer, with the potential move being priced between £50-£60million at varying points of the current transfer window.
While he does not say definitively what the 26-year-old’s future holds, Ramos is confident that his colleague will not be going to the Premier League giants before the window closes, not anywhere else.
Deal nearly done
Paris Saint-Germain were reportedly on the verge of beating Manchester United to the exciting winger earlier this summer, before they went public in claiming he was “too expensive” for the Qatari-owned big-spending Ligue 1 champions.
However, Ramos obviously believes Di Maria will be going nowhere this summer and wants him to remain in the Spanish capital.
"I’m not one for recommendations. We live in a democratic country. Di Maria knows what it is to be out and he’s at Real Madrid,” he is quoted as saying by the Daily Star.
"I don’t think Di Maria’s intention is to leave and in my cause, I signed up to be here for life."
Van Gaal’s start to Premier League life with Manchester United was not the best, losing 2-1 at home to Swansea City in the opening fixture of the 2014/15 season, and highlighted the need for reinforcement of the squad if they are to get back into the Champions League spots.
The Dutchman instigated a 3-5-2 formation in pre-season, following on from what he did with the Netherlands at the World Cup, and does not look to have the personnel to make it work.
Throughout his career Van Gaal has predominantly deployed a variation of 4-3-3 and it is plain to see where Di Maria would fit in with two wing forward positions to fill. Though, as he has made his career as a traditional winger, there may be doubt as to where he would fit in to a 3-5-2 set-up, where the wide players are, nominally, wing-backs.
However, the latter stages of last season saw him operate more centrally for Real Madrid and he was arguably the most impressive player for Carlo Ancelotti’s side as they went on to defeat Atletico in the Champions League final and at last secure La Decima.