LAGOS, Nigeria (VOICE OF NAIJA) –Angel Di Maria has confirmed that there’s no contract talks with Juventus, and has ruled out a return to Argentina being made in 2023.
The 35-year-old forward is approaching the end of a 12-month contract that he signed with Serie A giants last summer, meaning that free agency beckons for him once more.
There is still time for an extended stay in Turin to be agreed, but Di Maria has rubbished any suggestion that he could be tempted back to his homeland amid talk of a return to his roots at Rosario Central being lined up.
The legendary winger, who assisted Argentina to World Cup glory at Qatar 2022, has told ESPN of his future plans: “I don’t have preferences about it. I’m happy here. The club has had a few problems lately, and we haven’t discussed an extension. I haven’t talked with them or any other team. I try to focus on playing and proving my worth in each game, and then we’ll see what happens.”
Also, he added on the rumors regarding a retracing of steps to South America: “I heard the recent rumours about Rosario Central and didn’t like them. They are unnecessary right now and give people false hope.
“I’ll decide on my own when it’ll be the right time for me to return. I want to play in the next Copa America, so it will be key for me to stay in Europe to be called up; otherwise, Lionel Scaloni won’t consider me.”
The next edition of the Copa America is due to take place in 2024, when the continental competition heads back to the United States for the second time in eight years.
Di Maria helped Argentina to emerge victorious at that tournament back in 2021, as Lionel Messi claimed a first senior international trophy, and starred again for the Albiceleste as they prevailed in a thrilling World Cup final clash with France in 2022 that required a penalty shootout in order to determine a winner.