Since Angel Di Maria is on the verge of making a move to the Bianconeri, Iker Casillas believes his ex-Real Madrid teammate will shine in Serie A.
Angel Di Maria
is set to joinJuventus
and he is able to emulate ex-Real Madrid
teammates Karim Benzema and Luka Modric by featuring at an elite level while being in his 30s.
That is what Iker Casillas thinks who featured next to Di Maria when Real Madrid won another Champions League title in the 2013-14 season.
Casillas believes the Argentine will be eager to play for Juventus regularly and cement his sport at what can be his fourth presence in the World Cup.
Di Maria is leaving Paris Saint-Germain as a free agent after playing in Ligue 1 for seven years, and is set to join the Bianconeri soon.
The 34-year-old’s representative revealed that they are making the final details in Turin and Casillas thinks his ex-teammate will shine in Italy.
"Di Maria is a great move,"
the 2010 World Cup winner told
La Gazzetta dello Sport
"Angel with [Federico] Chiesa, [Dusan] Vlahovic and [Paul] Pogba... what a great team! And he will want to prepare well for the World Cup.
"He is a very cautious guy who has always taken great care of himself physically. He has never suffered serious injuries. I think he is in great shape.
"Here in Europe, he has always played at a high level, in big clubs. Di Maria will give Juve a new step.
"There is a World Cup in November and it is clear that he is looking for a team where he can play regularly and prepare in the best possible way for the challenge in Qatar.
"Even at 34 years old he is a great player. Age counts only relatively now, careers have lengthened.
"Without reaching the 44 years of my friend [Gianluigi] Buffon, there are other examples of players over 30 who are doing very well and playing to the fullest level. You just have to think about Benzema and Modric."
Di Maria contributed to six trophies in his four years with Los Blancos, which he ended by becoming the man-of-the-match performance in the final of the Champions League with Real Madrid, which they won against Atletico Madrid in 2014.
Remembering Di Maria’s performance as a midfielder in that game, Casillas insisted that his versatility is going to be great for Juventus.
"Juventus bets on a player who knows how to do a lot of things in different areas of the pitch,"
"When we won 'the Decima', [Carlo] Ancelotti changed his position in the middle of the season and he played very well.
"He can play both up front and in the centre of the field, he is an intelligent guy who knows football well. Angel has impressive shots and can decide games by himself."
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