‘Di Maria expected back at Real for training’

Coach Ancelotti denies rumours about winger leaving for PSG.

Reuters July 28, 2014

MADRID: Real Madrid coach Carlo Ancelotti is expecting Angel di Maria to begin pre-season training on August 5 and has no information about the Argentina winger leaving for Paris St Germain (PSG).

“There is nothing new in the market,” said Ancelotti when asked about reports Di Maria was set to join the Ligue 1 side for a fee of around $94 million.

“Di Maria finished the World Cup and he is resting. He will return on August 5 to start [training] together with his teammates.”

Ancelotti was speaking at a news conference after Real were beaten on penalties by Inter Milan in a pre-season friendly in California on Saturday.

Asked about other possible summer signings following the arrival of Colombia playmaker James Rodriguez and Germany midfielder Toni Kroos, Ancelotti said Real were not looking for another centre forward.

Their France striker Karim Benzema was ‘very reliable’ and another option would be to use attacking midfielder Isco as a roving centre forward, said the Italian.

“We are not going to look for another forward because we don’t need one,” he added.

Real begin their La Liga campaign on the weekend of August 23-24 at home to promoted Cordoba and will be defending their Champions League and King’s Cup crowns next term.

Published in The Express Tribune, July 28th, 2014.

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