Why PSG officials are unhappy with Angel Di Maria

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Angel Di Maria is, on his day, one of the world’s very best footballers.

The Argentina international has played for several of the world’s biggest clubs - including Real Madrid, Manchester United and his current employers, Paris Saint-Germain - and has made 82 appearances for his country.

He’s also won a host of major honours including La Liga, the Copa del Rey and, of course, the UEFA Champions League in 2014.

Di Maria played a starring role for Los Blancos in that 2014 final against Atletico Madrid and deservedly picked up the Man of the Match award as the Spanish giants finally sealed ‘La Decima’.

The South American, perturbed after Madrid splashed out big money on 2014 World Cup star James Rodriguez, then decided to quit the Bernabeu.

Di Maria's first choice in 2014 was PSG

It was reported at the time that his preference was to join PSG and this was later confirmed by the French club’s owner, Nasser Al-Khelaifi, who told reporters his club would have landed Di Maria ahead of United had it not been for restrictions caused by Financial Fair Play regulations.

Di Maria, perhaps because he never really fancied the move in the first place, proved to be a hugely expensive flop for the Red Devils.

He impressed during the opening weeks of his Old Trafford career but the relationship between the Argentine and Louis van Gaal failed to blossom.

An attempted robbery at his Prestbury mansion, which scarred both him and his young family, hardly helped matters either.

Di Maria rediscovered his form at PSG

After one season at Old Trafford, Di Maria was offloaded to PSG, where he rediscovered his form and love for the game last term.

Fifteen goals in 45 appearances was a decent return from the versatile winger who flourished playing alongside the likes of Zlatan Ibrahimovic and Edinson Cavani.

But now it's all gone wrong

This season, however, it’s been a totally different story.

Di Maria has scored one goal in 16 appearances for the Parisians and is still yet to net his first goal of the season in Ligue 1.

According to a new report in L’Equipe - per ESPN correspondent Jonathan Johnson - PSG’s leaders are disappointed with the 28-year-old not only because of his lacklustre performances but also his detached attitude.

United fans were left questioning Di Maria’s attitude during his stay in Manchester and perhaps they were on to something.

Emery: Di Maria is suffering from a lack of confidence

PSG boss Unai Emery, however, believes the player is simply suffering from a crisis of confidence rather than a poor attitude.

"He is an important player," Emery recently told journalists, per ESPN. "He has also put in some good performances this season. We want to help him to rebuild his confidence but there is work to be done on that front."

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