ALVISE CAGNAZZO: Angel di Maria and Leandro Paredes have left a tired Juventus side stranded ahead of their long World Cup return to Serie A – the Argentine pair are set to leave this summer and will not be missed.
- The two Argentina stars only returned to Turin on January 2, much to the dismay of supporters.
- Lautaro Martinez made an early return to Inter Milan and tried to be a little sharper
- Neither Angel Di Maria nor Leandro Parades will be available for the first leg
Angel Di Maria and Leandro Paredes continue to disappoint Juventus fans.
Having failed to set the world alight since joining the club this summer, Wednesday’s World Cup was expected to see both players start their Juventus careers with a bang in the second half of the season, at best. in the evening.
However, Di Maria and Paredes’ lengthy spells in Argentina angered Juventus supporters, who felt they should have returned at the end of last month for the trip to Cremonese.
Juventus supporters were furious that Leandro Paredes (centre) and Angel di Maria (right) did not return in time for their first leg return.
Both are almost certain to leave Juventus in June 2023, and the club have not offered a contract extension.
The circumstances surrounding their return caused a lot of trouble for the club and the supporters were angry that they did not return.
Like Di Maria and Paredes, world champion Lautaro Martínez has decided to return to Italy to give his legs a strong workout ahead of the restart of the league season.
Di Maria scored in the World Cup final despite a tough few months with Juventus due to injury.
Paredes and Di María were hoping for a comeback in time for Adrien Rabiot’s return to Turin while attending a New Year’s Eve party hosted by Messi. Photos and videos of the celebration sparked outrage in the media and angered supporters.
This trend has upset everyone from the players to the fans. Allegri is set to face struggling Cremonese, who are without several key players due to injury, and supporters have deemed the absence of Di Maria and Paredes completely unnecessary.
Paul Pogba, Dusan Vlahovic, Leonardo Bonucci, Mattia De Sciglio and Juan Cuadrado will all be absent for Wednesday’s away game.
Paredes and Di María celebrated a long World Cup run in Argentina
Di Maria is under contract for six months, but as his career draws to a close, a return to Argentina, particularly Rosario, is highly likely.
Paredes, however, offers a different conundrum. His loan is set to expire in June 2023 and Juventus currently have no intention of spending the better part of £20million to sign him outright.
Their wages are so high that by offloading both players, Juventus could save £26 million, freeing up valuable assets to buy high-profile players.
Paredes (R) arrived on loan from Paris Saint-Germain last summer but has struggled all year
Di Maria’s lowest success in Turin came when he was sent off against Monza in September
Both were played early in the season. Di Maria suffered two unusual injuries after being sent off at Monza and also being sidelined.
Paredes, on the other hand, has until now been something of a mystery, a UFO, if you will, that landed in Turin in the closing days of the transfer market. Paris Saint-Germain let him go after another season in which he failed to win the Champions League and failed to shine with the Italian giants despite having different players in the summer.
The growth of youngsters Niccolò Fagioli and Fabio Miretti has left people wondering if he will be a threat to the bench.