Fri 10 March 2023 | 9:11

"I'm finally feeling the affection of the people", Di Maria confirms Juventus contract talks

Juventus star Angel Di Maria says he is happy in Turin and wants to extend his contract with the Italian club.

Juventus defeated


in the first leg of their Europa League last-16 tie thanks to Angel Di Maria’s goal in the 53rd minute.

The 35-year-old

Di Maria



on a free transfer and signed a one-year contract last summer. He has scored 8 goals for Bianconeri including 4 goals in the Europa League.

After the game, the Argentina international revealed he is in talks with Juventus over extending his contract.

"I'm happy to have helped the team, we are doing a good job and we must continue like this,"

he told Sky.

"The important thing was to win, and we did it.

"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're talking, I'm happy here, and I'm finally feeling the affection of the people after a difficult start."

Juventus manager Max Allegri praised Di Maria's extraordinary performance but insisted they should expect a tough game in the second leg in Germany next week.

"Tonight, [Di Maria] scored a wonderful goal but, above all, he gave an extraordinary performance.

"We played a very good match tonight, with great intensity and good technically. The only thing we missed too many times was the last pass. We could have chosen better and that made the difference.

"In Freiburg, it won't be easy, but the thing that makes me think positive is that they will give us spaces, and we will have to exploit them."

source: SportMob

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