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Nelson Marcos of Osasuna is ready to go face-to-face with familiar foe Angel Di Maria.

Nelson Marcos has indicated that he would relish the prospect of meeting up with old team-mate Angel Di Maria, despite being on an opposing side, when his Osasuna team meet Real Madrid on Saturday evening.

The right-back may well come in direct competition with the Argentine, whom he played with during a spell in Portugal with Benfica. With los Rojillos having made a great effort to capture the 27-year-old’s signature on loan from Betis, he is expected to make his debut in the capital against his former cohort.

Nelson speaks highly of Di Maria, explaining to AS: “I would be nice to meet him but I’m sure I should be working... I like myself against players like him, and even more so in a big stadium like the Bernabeu.

“He's done a good job in recent years and now is a very different player I met at Benfica. Has always had a lot of quality but was inconsistent. Now is a mature player and very complete.”

Asked if he may adopt a physical approach in the tussle, Nelson stated: “I don’t like to hurt anyone.”

Osasuna start the match as heavy underdogs against a strong Madrid outfit.

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