Di Maria and Juventus Inch Closer to Contract Extension

Angel Di Maria and Juventus are moving toward a one-year renewal. The winger hinted at his desire to stay put, and the Bianconeri are happy to oblige. The parties will have a meeting to potentially put pen to paper in late April, La Gazzetta dello Sport informs.

The contacts between the club’s brass and his representatives have been fecund. The winger seems willing to stay regardless of where the Old Lady will finish in the standings and their Champions League qualification, which will ultimately come down to their legal problems.

Di Maria has been increasingly comfortable and pivotal at Juventus after the World Cup. He has logged eight goals and seven assists across all competitions since triumphing in Qatar. The Argentine, who has lifted 31 trophies during his career, is intrigued by the challenge of winning one with the Bianconeri too. They will try to compete for the Serie A title next season. He has prevailed in three different countries already: Benfica, Spain, and France.

Two aspects figure to be critical in his decision: his family settled in well in Turin, plus he wants to get to the 2024 Copa America in the best possible shape. Such desire changed his previous stance, which was to return to Rosario Central at the end of the current campaign. The management might try negotiating his €6.5M salary, but it could ultimately stay the same.

Our Take on Juventus and Di Maria

El Fideo probably thought he’d retire internationally after the World Cup when he joined last summer, but appetite comes with eating. The best choice to gear up for the Copa is to stay put. The Old Lady is reasonably deep up front to be fine with his part-time role.

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