Juventus face a headache with the Angel Di Maria dossier


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Released from the Champions League group stage, Juventus has caught up a bit in the Europa League. After a draw at home in the first leg play-offs against Nantes, she put on the warm-up blue on the return leg to win 3-0 at La Beaujoire. She owes it in large part to Angel Di Maria, author of a magnificent hat-trick. The Argentinian finally becomes the decisive player that the Old Lady was waiting for when he signed last summer, he who was free after his adventure at PSG. A little injured, then cut in his adaptation by the World Cup, the left-hander is coming back strong at the start of 2023.

He even became the Bianconeri’s star player according to Max Allegri. “Champions are different from others, so everything is simple, it’s not that it’s complicated. When you have a player like that, it raises the level of the team, everyone else is calmer and then he sees things that the others don’t see. But as I’ve always said, it’s a question of categories of players, there are champions, there are good players, there are less good players and he is part of the category of champions » affirmed the Italian coach Thursday evening after the qualification of his.

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A return to form which curiously coincides with the problem of the future of the Argentine attacking midfielder. He is coming to the end of his contract next June. Juve are desperate to extend him as they see him as a key member of the team, if not the most important right now. In addition to that, Di Maria is an experienced player, where the squad will be considerably younger next season, with the loss of points suffered following the affair of the Plusvalenze Case. Without qualification in the Champions League, the cash flow will be less. It’s about saving money.

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An important meeting must be held in the next few days between management and Allegri to set the course for 2024 according to the Gazzetta dello Sport. The latter pushes to extend the former Parisian, and quickly. But the offer may be lower than the salary currently received by the player. It is around €6m plus bonuses. Will he accept these new salary conditions? To the club and to Allegri to convince him, he who enjoys his new life in Turin. He is still playing at an excellent level and is no doubt still thirsty for major competitions, but David Beckham’s Inter Miami would also like to attract him, just like a certain Lionel Messi. It is therefore far from won for Juventus.

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