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United target Di Maria asks to leave Real

ESPN staff
August 21, 2014
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Manchester United target Angel Di Maria has told Real Madrid he wants to leave the club and has rejected the offer of a new contract.

The club have set an internal minimum price for a transfer of £62 million, according to ESPN sources.

Di Maria has been heavily linked with a move to United, with recent reports suggesting the club are willing to spend up to £100m including the transfer fee and wages to take the Argentine to Old Trafford.

Angel di Maria came off the bench with 10 minutes remaining in the first leg of the Super Cup against Atletico Madrid © Getty Images

"He is a Real Madrid player through the end of the transfer window," Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti told a news conference. "I am surprised to read that there are apparent discrepancies between the club and myself. There is no discrepancy and both sides think the same as I do. Di Maria asked to leave and has rejected an offer from the club.

"The player himself has to solve this situation. If he doesn't find a solution to his future, he will continue working with us, no problem."

Ancelotti also revealed that midfielder Sami Khedira has rejected the offer of a new contract - although the World Cup winner has not said he wants to leave.

Arsenal are reportedly keen on the 27-year-old, who has seen competition for a place in the Madrid midfield increase this summer with the signings of his Germany team-mate Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez.

Sources have told ESPN that Khedira has also sounded out a possible move back to his homeland with Bayern Munich this week, and the Bundesliga champions are reported to be monitoring the situation.

Ancelotti said of Khedira: "It's a different situation to Di Maria. He's not asked to go. He's rejected an offer to renew, but has a year of contract. We'll see what happens."

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