Manchester United winger Angel di Maria could return to Real Madrid this summer, but La Liga football expert Terry Gibson admits he'd be very surprised to see the player quit Old Trafford after just one season.
The Sky Sports pundit was asked for his opinion on rumours linking the Argentina international with a shock switch to the Santiago Bernabeu, and he outlined two factors that will probably determine whether or not a transfer actually happens.
Di Maria has endured a disappointing debut campaign at the Theatre of Dreams after joining the Red Devils for a club-record £59.7 million, and his struggles for fitness and form has meant he's failed to cement his place in Louis van Gaal's starting XI.
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However, despite the underwhelming impact that the 2014 World Cup finalist has had in the Premier League, Gibson fully expects the 27-year-old to still be part of the Manchester United squad next term.
Speaking on the La Liga Weekly Podcast he played down speculation suggesting Di Maria is set for a reunion with Los Blancos in 2015/16, but refused to completely rule out the possibility of a mega-money deal being agreed.
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"It depends on the price, and depends if there's any other business that Manchester United want to do with Real Madrid or vice verca," Gibson explained.
"Would the two clubs come together in terms of transfer dealings? I'd be very surprised if Di Maria went back to Real Madrid."
Manchester United supporters will be reassured by Gibson's comments because the fact is they are still in possession of one of the most gifted attacking midfielders on the planet, and it's surely only a matter of time before the South American starts reproducing some of his best form.
It would be foolish to write the former Real Madrid man off after one solitary season in England, and Van Gaal will be looking to get much more out of the most expensive signing in British transfer history next campaign.
Red Devils fans have seen before the need to be patient with players that take longer to adjust to life with the Premier League giants, and they're starting to see improved performances from previously under-performing stars like Juan Mata and Marouane Fellaini now they are fully settled at Old Trafford.
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