Carlo Ancelotti wants to keep Angel Di Maria for next season but the Real Madrid are said to be less keen, reports in Spain have said.
Mundo Deportivo claims that Ancelotti sees Di Maria as an important player in the Madrid team and wants to retain the Argentina international, but the board would prefer to cash in on the ex-Benfica midfielder.
The presence of Isco, a Florentino Perez signing, is also a factor as Perez wants to see Isco accommodated. Ancelotti is working with the former Malaga player but doesn’t feel he is ready for a midfield berth yet.
Madrid’s hierarchy has also not forgotten the alleged gesture Di Maria made to the Santiago Bernabeu crowd in January, despite Ancelotti forgiving Di Maria for the incident.
The board are also concerned that in the past Di Maria’s performances have dropped once he has been signed to a new contract.
Di Maria would, in the board’s preferred option, be used as a makeweight in the signing of Juventus midfielder Paul Pogba.
Ancelotti will however continue next season as Madrid Coach and is planning on having Di Maria available.