Is the writing on the wall for Angel Di Maria at Real Madrid?

In Spurs Scouting Report we introduced a further six players we have been watching in addition to the two Portuguese men, 31 year-old goalkeeper Eduardo Cavalho and 20 year-old striker Rafael Ferreira Silva from Braga.

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Spurs Scouting Report - Who are we watching?
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They were two Englishmen, 20 year-old centre-back Jamaal Lascellas and 23 year-old goalkeeper Karl Darlow both from Nottingham Forest, 21 year-old German winger Andre Hoffman from Hannover, 21 year-old French right winger Florian Thauvin from Marseilles, 19 year-old Romanian left winger Gabriel Iancu from Steaua Bucharest and 20 year-old Honduran right winger Andy Najar Rodriguez from Anderlecht.

Another player we have been courting for a while and haven't given up hope on is Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria.

The 26 year-old the has fallen out of favour with the Bernabeu faithful after making an apparent obscene gesture towards them earlier this season. Against Celta Vigo he was having an off night. The fans whistled and booed him every time he touched the ball. He was subbed in the second half and cameras appeared to catch him making what has been interpreted as a rude gesture towards them.

Angel Di Maria to Spurs?
Could Angel Di Matia end up at Spurs?

Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti said in his post-match press conference that he didn’t see any gesture, but that if Di Maria did make a rude gesture it was an error in judgement. The Argentine has moved to defuse the row after Real Madrid announced they would investigate the matter but Di Maria ia said to be growing increasingly frustrated that his every move is under close scrutiny.

"It wasn’t for anyone. I adjusted myself and kept running. I’ve never had problems with the fans. I could feel that half were applauding and half booing.

"I went out totally naturally. They always expect me to do something. I always have to clarify what I do. With everyone else nothing happens and with me it’s always a complete mess.

"I fight every day for a place at Real Madrid and it makes me angry that things are always being invented about me. But I am calm because I know it was nothing."

The summer signings of Gareth Bale and Isco has sent him down the pecking order despite some impressive performances. Carlo Ancelotti has made it clear that when Bale is fit he plays, hardly surprising considering he is scoring goals but at €101 million is part of their worldwide marketing strategy.

On his 18 starts this season he has been substituted 13 times so despite saying he wants to fight for his place the writing looks on the wall. Di Maria overall record is 34 goals and 61 assists from 171 games for Real Madrid.

Champions League qualification would probably be essential to secure his services, a player of his undoubted quality would have a choice of clubs and he would want to remain playing at the highest level.

A firing Erik Lamela and Di Maria would certainly raise the standard at White Hart Lane and help Spurs make that leap to the next level that Daniel levy is aiming for.





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