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Di Maria wants to stay at Madrid, says Ramos

ESPN staff
August 20, 2014
Angel di Maria has been heavily linked with a move away from Real Madrid © Getty Images

Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria does not want to leave the club, according to his team-mate Sergio Ramos.

Madrid president Florentino Perez is thought to be keen to sell Di Maria after spending £63 million on James Rodriguez, although manager Carlo Ancelotti appears eager to hold on to a tactically useful player who was key to the club's Champions League and Copa del Rey successes last term.

Paris Saint Germain had seemed best placed to sign Di Maria, but even the super-rich Ligue 1 club reportedly baulked at Madrid's asking price of £60m.

Manchester United are now reportedly prepared to pay such a price with the Premier League club struggling to secure high-profile signings after another frustrating transfer window.

Asked about the issue after Tuesday's Spanish Super Cup 1-1 first-leg draw with Atletico Madrid, Ramos told reporters that he did not want to influence his team-mate's decision, but had the feeling that Di Maria was happy to stay at the Bernabeu.

"I am not one to recommend what to do, we live in a democratic country," he said. "[Di Maria] knows what it is like abroad, and what it is like being at Madrid. I do not believe 'El Fideo' intends to leave. I would sign for him to stay here all his life."

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