‘Messi is the only one with a guaranteed place’ – Di Maria doesn’t take World Cup spot for granted


Angel Di Maria fears he hasn’t done enough yet to secure a place in argentina world cup team due to the uncertainty surrounding his future at club level.

The 34-year-old is without a club after leaving Paris Saint Germain on a free transfer after spending seven seasons in the French capital.

He has been linked to a number of teams, with Serie A giants Juventus reportedly close to agreeing a one-year deal with the former Manchester United and Real Madrid player.

Speaking earlier this week, meanwhile, newly appointed Rosario Central boss Carlos Tevez revealed he was hoping to bring Di Maria back to the Argentinian club.

Di Maria will not have long to settle by his side before Qatar 2022 starts on November 21, with Argentina in Group C alongside Saudi Arabia, Mexico and Poland.

And while he played a key role in his country’s successful qualifying campaign with three goals, the free agent isn’t taking his place in the 26-man squad for granted.

“The only one guaranteed is Lionel Messi“, Di Maria, who appeared in three previous World Cup finals, told TNT Sports.

“In four months, you don’t know. I have to change clubs, adapt again, play and feel good – that will make the difference.”

Di Maria is the fourth most capped Argentine player of all time with 122 appearances, behind only Messi (162), Javier Mascherano (147) and Javier Zanetti (145).

He played 31 games for PSG in his last season at the Princes Park and registered 13 goals – five goals and another eight assists.

It’s just a count Neymar (21), Messi (25) and Kylian Mbappe (60) could figure better among PSG players in the 2021-22 campaign.

Juve remain favorites to sign Di Maria and the attacking midfielder has confirmed interest from the Italian side, while commenting on previous links with Barcelona.

“Juventus are the biggest club in Italy and one of the teams that are interested in me,” he said. “Right now, I’m thinking, but I’m focused on my holidays and my family.

“Barcelona are one of the best teams in the world and I always had to play against them in the past.”


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