Angel Di Maria is aware multiple clubs wish to sign him but has indicated he would like his future sorted before the start of the upcoming World Cup.
Di Maria, linked with a move to Arsenal by Charles Perrin of the Express, impressed throughout a double-winning campaign for Real Madrid. His classy dribbling skills and added versatility—which has seen the traditional winger move into the centre—has alerted clubs around Europe. Di Maria knows he is being watched, per Marca and via Sky Sports:
I am not going to lie, I know that there are clubs that want to sign me and can match Real Madrid's demands. But that's up to my representatives and the club. I will stay if the club wants me to stay. I am not thinking about my future now. We will see what Madrid have in mind, whether they want me to stay or leave.
I am happy at Madrid. I had a great season and always had everybody's support. But sometimes you don't have a choice, even when you want to stay yourself.
It seems the Argentinian star will only move on if pushed through the door, an unlikely occurrence after his recent bout of form. Di Maria netted seven and provided 22 assists in 46 performances across La Liga and the Champions League during the 2013-14 campaign, per WhoScored.com.
His jinking run in the European final set Gareth Bale up for what would be the winner, as Di Maria's stock continues to rise alongside the Welsh's ascension to Madrid hero. Many would have expected Carlo Ancelotti to deem Di Maria surplus to requirements after purchasing Bale, but the former Benfica star's willingness to improve ensures he is more relevant now than ever before at the Bernabeu.
When asked whether he wants his future sorted before next month's Brazilian tournament, Di Maria gave an unequivocal yes, reported by Marca:
Yes, I'd like to have less to worry about this year, to know what's going to happen with me and my family. Especially for them, my wife and daughter; if I have to leave with moving and all that... What I want to know is if I'm going to stay or not. Things keep being said and I hope to be able to concentrate on the World Cup.
Tancredi Palmeri of beINsports hints Arsenal will duck a move for Di Maria due to his potential cost:
Perrin's report suggests both Manchester United and Manchester City are interested in the 26-year-old, who is set to star for Argentina at the World Cup. There's always a sense that Di Maria will forever be the forgotten man in his current teams—playing alongside Cristiano Ronaldo at club level and Lionel Messi internationally—perhaps stopping him from getting the recognition he deserves.
Di Maria would undoubtedly be a key player for Arsenal. His creativity and stunning acceleration would slot right into Arsene Wenger's side, who look to produce speedy attacking counters behind Olivier Giroud. Considering Di Maria would likely play on the opposite side to Theo Walcott at the Emirates—another frighteningly pacey forward—the Gunners' style could emphasise effective wing play more than ever.
Di Maria's comments suggest he is looking to Real for assurances on his future. If given, he appears more than pleased to stay. Wenger may wish to test the waters while the La Liga giants remain quiet, notifying them a hefty bid is on the horizon should Florentino Perez, Ancelotti and his team remain undecided over the player's long-term position in the team.
A potential mega transfer may finally provide Di Maria with the chance to be his side's main star, recognised for all of his input, something that will struggle to happen if he remains in the Spanish capital.