Arsenal £30m target happy to stay on bench

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Arsenal fans confident of their club luring Angel di Maria to the Emirates in January may be left disappointed.

According to Portuguese newspaper ABola, Di Maria doesn't mind sitting on the bench in the wake of Gareth Bale's arrival, and this could scupper theories that he would seek a move if he was not guaranteed game-time.

Di Maria has remained a regular fixture in Madrid's starting line-up so far this season despite fears he would only be a bit-part player following the arrival's of Isco and the record-breaking Gareth Bale.

The Argentinian winger has however said that if he does end up sitting on the bench then he will accept it for the benefit of the team, and will remain a Madrid player.

Speaking after Los Blancos' 6-1 rout of Galatasaray in last night's opening Champions League fixture, in which he played the full 90 minutes, Di Maria was open about his feelings towards acting as a substitute.

"I want to stay here and win trophies. The coach told me that tells me, and when you have to stay on the bench, I will support my teammates," said the 25-year-old.

Di Maria then went on to state how pleased he was about the thumping result in Turkey, where Madrid truly outclassed a lacklustre Galatasaray side with Ronaldo scoring a hat-trick in the process.

"I'm very happy with everything, with the game ... last year, we could not just a victory. We started well in the Champions League. We were well ahead and keep well. No luck against Villarreal (2-2), we conceded a goal we could suffer but now, what matters is the victory against Galatasaray. "

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