Angel Di Maria Wants to Stay at Paris Saint-Germain Despite Rumours of Inter Interest

Thursday July 20th, 2017

​Angel Di Maria has has expressed his desire to stay with Paris Saint-Germain - but admits his future with the club is uncertain as interest from Internazionale continues to circulate.

The Argentina international struggled to replicate his best form with PSG last season after clashing with manager Unai Emery in the capital, and Inter are hoping to lure him away if they require a replacement for Manchester United target Ivan Perisic.

However, Di Maria told ​Le Parisien that he hoped to continue plying his trade at the Parc de Princes, if given the chance to do so before also stating that his future in France was up to the Ligue 1 giants to decide.

MELBOURNE, AUSTRALIA - JUNE 09: Angel Di Maria of Agrentina throws the ball back into play during the Brazil Global Tour match between Brazil and Argentina at Melbourne Cricket Ground on June 9, 2017 in Melbourne, Australia. (Photo by Robert Cianflone/Getty Images)
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He said: "For me, there's no doubt about it. I want to stay, but for the club, I don't know. The reality is that my family are well and I'm happy in Paris."

Di Maria headed across the English channel from, United to PSG in a reported £44m switch in August 2015, and revitalised his career superbly with 15 goals and 25 assists in 47 matches as part of Laurent Blanc's title-winning side in 2015/16.

However, the Frenchman was replaced by ex-Sevilla boss Emery last summer - a change that saw Di Maria's form dip considerably as he failed to get to grips with his new manager for much of the last campaign.

Paris Saint-Germain's Argentinian forward Angel Di Maria (L) controls the ball next to Paris Saint-Germain's Spanish headcoach Unai Emery during the French League Cup football match between Bordeaux (FCGB) and Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) on January 24, 2017 at the Matmut Atlantique stadium in Bordeaux, southwestern France. / AFP / NICOLAS TUCAT (Photo credit should read NICOLAS TUCAT/AFP/Getty Images)
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Di Maria admitted that he was unsure of his role and responsibilities under Emery in 2016/17, but stipulated that he was much more aware of what the 45-year-old required of him now after their working relationship was eventually repaired.

He continued: "I know that not everything went well last season. At first, I didn't quite understand what the coach was asking me.

"Then we gradually got to know each other and I think people have seen the change in the last few months. I hope I can reproduce that this year."

Di Maria, 29, also added that he was happy to see veteran Brazil full-back Dani Alves complete a free transfer move to the club following his Juventus departure after PSG pipped Manchester City to his signature.

He said: "I've only played against him. But I'm happy with his signing as he is a player with huge qualities, who will bring something extra to the team and allow us to improve further."

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