Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria has confirmed that he would like to return to Argentine club Rosario Central once his spell at Old Trafford comes to an end.
The 26-year-old joined Rosario at the age of four and spent 15 years with the South American outfit before joining Benfica in 2007.
And the world-class former Real Madrid star admits the idea of returning to his boyhood club after his spell with Manchester United comes to an end does appeal.
Di Maria confirms Rosario return desire
Speaking exclusively to FIFA.com, Di Maria revealed: "One day I’d like to return to Rosario Central, another giant of the game! (laughs). Truth be told, I’ve played for Europe’s biggest clubs, competed in two World Cups and won the Champions League. I represented Real Madrid and before that was with Benfica, which, while a slightly smaller club than Madrid, is a giant of Portuguese football.
"Now I’m with another massive club in Manchester United. When I finish here, I think it might be time to return to Argentina. Hopefully that happens."
Di Maria struggling at United?
Di Maria has only managed to show glimpses of his best form since joining the Red Devils in a £59.7 million deal last summer - the most amount of money ever paid by a British club for a footballer.
The Argentina international has scored three goals in 16 Premier League appearances this season and is reportedly on the verge of being dropped by manager Louis van Gaal after several weeks of below-par performances.
However, his settling-in period has been made significantly harder by a recent attempted break-in at his Cheshire home.
Di Maria and his family are currently living in a Manchester-based hotel after the hotel, with his wife reportedly too scared to return to the house where the attempted burglary took place.
Weather and language
Despite that recent ordeal, Di Maria insists that there are only two downsides to living in England: the weather and learning the language.
Asked how he is finding life in England, Di Maria responded: "Very well. The weather is the only thing… it doesn’t help a lot. (laughs). But I’m very content here. The people have a lot of affection for me, which is the most important thing. It’s what I value most, and I have that here."
And when asked how is English is progressing, the South American added: "More like regressing! (laughs). It’s very bad. [I’ve learned] very little and only understand a small bit. That said, I’m trying to learn it bit by bit and I’m taking classes. Hopefully I’ll pick it up quickly."
Van Gaal recently admitted that he is concerned about Di Maria's long-term Manchester United future after the attempted burglary, while French champions Paris Saint-Germain are reportedly weighing up a summer move for the versatile midfielder.
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