Manchester United midfielder Angel di Maria loves being at Old Trafford and is desperate to succeed with his current employers, according to a close friend of the Argentina international.
This is an exclusive from The Sun, who have quoted Di Maria's pal as claiming the former Real Madrid star is convinced he will turn things around with the Premier League giants.
The 27-year-old, who became the most expensive signing in British football history last August, has struggled in his debut season at Old Trafford, prompting speculation that he could leave the club as early as this summer. But the player is understood to have no desire to take the easy option by walking away.
Friend: Di Maria loves Manchester
“Angel actually loves it in Manchester," The Sun have quoted Di Maria's friend as saying. "He loves the club and is desperate to be a success.
“Things have not gone that well so far but he is convinced things will turn round.
“After leaving Real Madrid there could not have been a better move for him than this and he is not going to give up on it after one season.”
Di Maria has been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, who wanted to sign the South American ace last summer, and the French champions are prepared to pay as much as £49 million to sign him this summer.
If United were to accept that fee it would represent a £10 million loss for the Red Devils, who forked out £59.7 million for the versatile winger seven months ago.
United boss Louis van Gaal, however, is unlikely to give up on Di Maria that easily. The Dutch coach is acutely aware of the immense talent he possesses - we're talking about the player named Man of the Match in last season's Champions League final - and will be confident that it won't be long before we see the best of him.
Giggs defends Di Maria
These sentiments were recently echoed by Van Gaal's assistant Ryan Giggs, who insisted earlier this month that Di Maria's confidence is "fine".
"He's a quality player and we'll be looking for him to produce because it is big game after big game now," the Welshman added. "Players get used to different leagues, sometimes quickly and sometimes it takes a bit of time."
Di Maria owes fans a performance v Liverpool
Di Maria was sent off on his previous United appearance - against Arsenal in the FA Cup quarter-finals last week - but has the chance to make amends against Liverpool this weekend.
Juan Mata impressed against Tottenham on Sunday but Van Gaal may opt to deploy Di Maria over the Spaniard this weekend because of his superior pace.
Should he struggle at Anfield, yet more questions will be asked about his future, so it's imperative he produces a performance that befits his world-class reputation.
Manchester United fans: are you confident Angel di Maria will come good at Old Trafford? Or should Van Gaal look to sell him this summer? Have your say by leaving a comment in the box below!
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