Juventus’ new signing Angel Di Maria is casting aside thoughts of Argentina’s World Cup campaign as he prepares for his first Serie A season.
Di Maria joined Juve last week, after leaving Paris Saint-Germain on a free transfer following seven successful years in the French capital.
The 34-year-old has signed a one-year contract in Turin, and staying in the top position before the Qatar World Cup could have a bearing on his decision to stay in Europe.
Yet he insisted that his full focus is on Juve, and not on helping Argentina contest for a world title come November.
“Di Maria is always there, who wants to win anyway, who hates defeat and who wants to be a champion: I think Juve chose this for me,” said Di Maria, who was joined by Paul Pogba. signing the Bianconeri.
“The important thing is to work hard and I will try my best.
“My head is now only on Juve. I came here to win and work with this great team. We will think of the national team when the time comes to think about it. I want to win with Juventus.
The World Cup is one of the best for the player, but it is important that your head is focused on this for now. Again, I will do my best for Juve. I always give my best to every new beginning and it will be the same here. ”
Asked why he chose to join JuveJuventus, finishing fourth in Serie A in consecutive seasons, Di Maria explained: levels.
“I want to do this. It will be important to form a united party.
“I chose Juve because it is the most important team in Italy and it has all the hallmarks of winning. I know it is a strong team and I want to be part of this team. When they look at me it means they believe I am there.
“If an important team like Juve wants you, it’s almost impossible to say no. They patiently waited for the end of my contract, I really wanted to come here. I was calm with my family, and the right time came.”
Di Maria, speaking at her launch on Monday, also revealed that the Juve player was involved in her decision to join Juve.
He said: “I have a good relationship with Gianluigi Buffon, and I talked to him again when I signed the contract.
“He wanted me to come to Juve and I think being here is very good. I have calmed down and I will do my best to help Juventus win.”