Angel di Maria arrived at Manchester United for a British record transfer fee less than a year ago, yet the future of Argentina international at Old Trafford remains in doubt following an inconsistent maiden campaign.
Injuries, poor form and suspension made for an underwhelming first season as a Manchester United player and, subsequently, Di Maria has been linked with a move away from the club less than a year having joined them.
This tittle tattle has intensified of late with a report in Le Parisien claiming there is to be a deal done with Paris Saint-Germain for the player, and Laurent Blanc has since been afforded an opportunity to respond.
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But rather than dismiss the assertion out of hand, the PSG manager only further fuelled the flames by stating that Di Maria is a player of interest to his club, hinting there would be an approach were he made available.
“I repeat once again, Angel Di Maria is part of a very, very, very big English club, which only purchased him last year,” Blanc told reporters.
“If this player left England you would expect other big teams to be interested. Paris Saint-Germain are one of them.”
Louis van Gaal was, too, provided with a chance to dispel any speculation about the future of Di Maria, but was less than convincing with his response regarding the 27-year-old.
It would seem very un-Manchester United to move Di Maria - such a sizeable acquisition - on after a single season with the club, particularly given the publicised the issues he had off the field, namely his house being burgled.
His head was not in the right place for a significant part of the season, and he deserves another crack of the whip. However, as demonstrated with Robin van Persie, Van Gaal is not one to let sentiment get in the way of what is best for the club.
Watch this space.
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