Lionel Messi would have no problem working with Jose Mourinho at Chelsea, says Angel Di Maria

Manchester United star says he is struggling to learn English

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Manchester United star Angel Di Maria says Lionel Messi and Jose Mourinho would be able to work together, if the Argentina star ever left Barcelona.

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Messi, 27, has continually been linked with a move away from La Liga in recent months, with Chelsea mooted as a possible destination.

Di Maria expects his Argentina team-mate to stay put with the Catalan giants, but, having worked with Mourinho while at Real Madrid, says the superstar would be a good fit under the Portuguese boss.

"In principle [they would work well together, I don’t think Leo wants to leave Barcelona," said the British record signing.

"It’s hard to walk away from a club that’s given you everything, where you effectively grew up.

"But no I don’t think he’d have any problem working with Mourinho."

After a fantastic start at Old Trafford, Di Maria has struggled in recent weeks, with United boss Louis van Gaal coming under fire for not using the £59.7million signing properly.


The 26-year-old said he was enjoying life since moving to England - although he is struggling to learn the language and doesn't like the weather.

"'The weather is the only thing [I don't like]… it doesn’t help a lot. But I’m very content here," he added.

"The people have a lot of affection for me, which is the most important thing. It’s what I value most, and I have that here."

On his learning the language, he said: "It’s very bad. [I’ve learned] very little and only understand a small bit. That said, I’m trying to learn it bit by bit and I’m taking classes. Hopefully I’ll pick it up quickly."