Louis van Gaal has tried to distance Angel di Maria from stories linking him with a move away from the club next season, claiming that his attitude is great and he should make the right decision on his future.

I think Di Maria shall stay. He cannot say that he has had a marvellous season here, but he is working very hard. I am pleased with his attitude, so that is not a problem. The manager and the club is always dependable on the opinion of the player himself. The player decides, so we shall see what he decides. The decision is not only [down] to him because we have a contract, so we shall speak always with every player and evaluate, as I always do. Then we speak with each other about the future, and that is [the case] with every player.

Van Gaal was asked whether Di Maria’s efforts in getting Argentina to the World Cup last summer might have played a part in his form this season.

I hope! You cannot always say that is the main factor. Of course, it plays a role and I hope it is that, because then we can have a fantastic season next season. You have to adapt to our philosophy and that is also difficult for him, probably. Normally he shall have a fantastic season, I believe in that.




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