Argentina head coach Tata Martino is not concerned about Angel di Maria’s problems at Manchester United ahead of this summer’s Copa America in Chile.
Martino, who was in charge of Barcelona last season, can understand why Di Maria has struggled a little this season - but feels the midfielder’s dip in form is a temporary problem that will eventually be fixed.
However, the Albicelestes boss admits he prefers to have players in his squad who are playing regularly and performing well.
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“All these changes are too abrupt for the players, beyond the high level they have,” Martino was quoted as saying by Catalan newspaper Mundo Deportivo. “He went from a club like Real Madrid, already [settled] in Spain, well known, no problems with the language, where the family is [settled], to a city where he found the language barrier, a new coach, a different system of play.”
On Di Maria’s current predicament, Martino added: “This is temporary and does not worry me in the least.”
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Di Maria's problems continue
Di Maria has not started for Manchester United since the team’s 2-1 defeat to Arsenal in the FA Cup last month - a match which saw the former Real Madrid star sent off after tugging on the shirt of referee Michael Oliver.
As well as his problems on the pitch, Di Maria has also encountered various problems off it - not least an attempted burglary at his Prestbury mansion which forced him and his family to relocate to Manchester earlier this year.
Speculation is rife that Di Maria is still unsettled in Manchester, with Paris Saint-Germain reportedly prepared to make a £45 million offer for the most expensive player in British football history.
United set to keep Di Maria - despite PSG interest
United are unlikely to entertain any offers for Di Maria this summer. While it hasn’t been a good season for the South American, he has still shown glimpses of his world-class quality, scoring three goals and providing 12 assists in the Premier League alone.
Only Chelsea’s Cesc Fabregas has set up more goals for his teammates than Di Maria this season - even though Manchester United’s No. 7 has only made 19 Premier League starts.
Di Maria will be one of the first names on Martino’s team-sheet once the Copa America gets underway in mid-June.
Argentina face Uruguay, Paraguay and Jamaica in the group stages and are the pre-tournament favourites to lift the prestigious trophy in Santiago on July 4.
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