Iker Casillas expects former Real Madrid team-mate Ángel Di María to succeed at Juventus

With Angel Di Maria reportedly set to join Juventus, Iker Casillas expects his former Real Madrid team-mate to star in Serie A.

Speaking in an interview with La Gazzetta dello Sport, Casillas said: “Di María is a great move.

“Ángel 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 María will give Juve something different.

“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 María is leaving PSG on a free transfer after spending seven years in Ligue 1 and is widely expected to join Massimiliano Allegri’s Juve side in the coming days.

“Juventus are betting on a player who knows how to do a lot of things in different areas of the pitch,” Casillas added.

“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 pitch, he is an intelligent guy who knows football well. Ángel has impressive shots and can decide games by himself.”

The Argentine won six trophies during his four-year spell with Real Madrid.


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