Manchester United star Angel Di Maria has revealed that he has already spoken to Paris Saint-Germain star Ezequiel Lavezzi and Barcelona ace Javier Mascherano about returning to South America before he hangs up his boots.
Whilst speaking to Radio del Plata the Argentina winger may well have broken some United hearts by confirming that his plan is to return to Rosario Central before he retires. Central, the club he began his senior professional career with, also produced Lavezzi, whilst Mascherano made his name in the same continent before moving to West Ham in 2006.
Returning to Central
“When you ask me how I will return to Argentine football, I tell you how I will not go back and then show them a video of Central,” he told Radio del Plata.
“I always remember Central, will always be present, is the first and then there are all the clubs.
“As for anyone is a dream for me to come to Europe will be a dream to play again in Central. Central will always be first in my head. I’ve talked with Pocho [Ezequiel Lavezzi] and Masche [Javier Mascherano] to return to Central together.”
The revelation that Di Maria is already planning for his future away from United might be unnerving to some, especially considering he only arrived at Old Trafford for £59.7million last month. Since moving from Real Madrid he’s hit the ground running, and has quickly established himself as one of the most influential characters in Louis van Gaal’s setup.
Two goals and two assists in just four appearances for the Red Devils have left fans waxing lyrical over Di Maria’s ability, and at 26 he still has plenty of years left to offer. His comments over the return to Central obviously imply that he will make the move when he’s at the back-end of his career, though whether or not he’ll still be with United when he does make the transfer remains to be seen.
Di Maria’s future at United
Though at the moment he’s enjoying being a focal point in Van Gaal’s side he may grow frustrated if a return to Champions League football isn’t secured upon the first time of asking. The ex-Galactico is far too high-profile-a-name to sit out of European competition for two years in a row, though a strong Premier League finish for United isn’t assured.
Despite emerging victorious over West Ham at the weekend United have toiled to little avail so far this term and unless they improve quickly then they may well struggle when faced with the likes of Manchester City and Chelsea.
Leicester City recorded a 5-3 win against them to put a second loss on their record - following the opening day defeat to Swansea City - and Van Gaal will be all too aware that he can ill-afford poor results at this early stage of the season.
This is particularly pertinent if they want to keep the likes of Di Maria and Radamel Falcao happy. The competition for places means that at least one big name is bound to be left on the bench each week and, unless results on the pitch are reflecting the obvious quality the squad has, the situation in the United camp could deteriorate rather quickly.