Real Madrid’s winger Angel Di Maria has rebuffed persistent media speculations linking him with a move away from the Estadio Santiago Bernebeu.
Several reports have popped up in the Spanish Press concerning the Argentina international’s purported displeasure with having to play second fiddle since the arrival of Gareth Bale and a possible move to big-spending Monaco.
Some observers believe the coverage is a sign that Blancos president Florentino Perez is keen to accept Monaco’s reported offer of €35m, while others have suggested the continued speculation is an attempt by Di Maria’s agent Jorge Mendes to force a pay-rise out of Madrid.
“I do not want to go,” Di Maria said. “I want to win my place in the team. Not me, nor anyone in my camp, has asked for a new contract. What came out was lies. I have been through some difficult days. I am just thinking about Real Madrid and I am still working hard. I have to keep going and try to earn a place in the team.”
Di Maria went on to claim that a recently adopted goal celebration — where he points to his own name on the back of his shirt — was not a message to Perez.
“The goal celebration is nothing to do with the president,” he said. “I do it because I keep fighting for my place.”
He, however, told reporters in the Mestalla mixed zone he knew the club tried to offload him last summer ahead of Bale’s arrival.
“In the summer they wanted to get rid of me the whole time,” he said. “I knew a 100 million euro player was coming, and it was normal that he would play.”
The 25-year-old, who has made 17 league and cup appearances under Carlo Ancelotti so far in the ongoing season, added that he knows he will always get his chance when the need arises.
“The coach knows I want to stay,” he said. “The coach has me in mind because when there is a space in the team, I start. I have to keep doing things well in these matches and in training.”