Arsenal target Di Maria: I don’t want to leave Madrid

The Argentine winger insists he wants to stay at the club despite the imminent arrival of Gareth Bale and reported interest from Arsenal and Galatasaray
Arsenal target Angel Di Maria insists he is happy to remain at Real Madrid and fight for his place in Carlo Ancelotti’s side.

Arsenal opened preliminary talks for the Argentina international last week while Galatasaray are also thought to be monitoring his situation.

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Gareth Bale's imminent arrival from Tottenham for a world record fee of £86 million also continues to cast doubt over his future in Spain.

The former Benfica man put in a man-of-the-match performance in Madrid’s 1-0 win away to Granada on Monday night, however, and says he has no intention of leaving the Spanish capital.

"I understand that the club is strengthening and they are precise in what they do," Di Maria told AS.

"But I signed up to 2018 just a year ago and my desire is to stay in the Bernabeu."

Di Maria joined Real Madrid from Benfica in June 2010 and has since made over 100 appearances for the club.