Ahead of the upcoming international break, Angel Di Maria has been left furious at his absence from Lionel Scaloni’s Argentina squad.
The news came on an already bad day for the former Manchester United forward, after he was handed a four-match domestic suspension in France after being found guilty of spitting at Alvaro during the ill-tempered clash between Marseille and Paris Saint-Germain earlier in September.
“I can’t find an explanation, I have no words, many say it’s because I am 32 years old, but I continue to run in the same way, I show that in every match,” Di Maria declared in an interview with Closs Continental.
“If I break my eye at PSG, they try to give me every opportunity to play for the national team, so it’s difficult to understand that in a moment of good health I’ve not been called up.
“If I am not called, it’s because they don’t want me, but I will continue fighting for my place.”
The suggestion of age being factor is one which Di Maria simply doesn’t buy, especially as Lionel Messi continues to be selected.
“At 32 I am old? If that’s the starting point for finding replacements then we have to do it for everyone, for Messi, Otamendi and others who are playing at a high level. They too would have to go,” he added.
“In each game I show that I can be at the level of Mbappe and Neymar.”
The incident involving Alvaro and Marseille remains a sore subject in Paris, especially as the investigation into alleged racist abuse spoken by the Spanish defender continues.
“What I did, I did as a reaction,” he confirmed.
“From the other player, on the other side, there were words that I didn’t like.”