Angel Di Maria reveals Juventus contract talks after Freiburg winner

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Angel Di Maria is approaching the end of his Juventus contract, but the Argentina international says negotiations to extend are ongoing.

Angel Di Maria revealed he is in talks with Juventus over a new contract after his header saw off Freiburg in the first leg of their UEFA Europa League last-16 tie.

The Argentina international leveled the opener at the Allianz Stadium when he headed home Filip Kostice in the 53rd minute for his fourth goal of the competition.

Di Maria, who also netted a hat-trick against Nantes in the previous round, has now been directly involved in seven goals in his last six European matches.

The 35-year-old suffered an injury-plagued start to life in Turin after signing on a 12-month deal last July, but has already scored 10 goals in 2023 (seven goals, three assists).

Bruno Fernandes and Toulouse’s Branco van den Boomen are the only other midfielders in Europe’s top five leagues to reach double figures in a calendar year.

Di Maria’s future is uncertain, but he said talks are continuing to extend his stay at Juve.

“I’m happy to help the team, we’re doing a good job and we have to continue like this,” said Sky. “It was important to win and we succeeded.

“We will do our best [to reach the final of this competition]. We will try to win both the Coppa Italia and the Europa League.

“We talk, I’m happy here and I finally feel the affection of the people after a difficult start.”

Allegri also welcomed Di Maria’s impact and hailed his side’s display ahead of next week’s second leg in Germany.

“Di Maria scored a wonderful goal today, but above all he gave an extraordinary performance.

“We played a very good game tonight, with great intensity and good technique. The only thing we missed too often was the last pass. We could have made better choices and that made the difference.

“It won’t be easy in Freiburg, but the thing that makes me think positively is that they will give us space and we will have to use it.”

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