Di Maria expects more offensive role
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Real Madrid's Argentina winger Angel di Maria said he expects to play a more attacking role at his new club than he did with Portuguese side Benfica.

"I think that here I'll play a bit more up front, something different from what I did at Benfica, but I'll get used to the new position," he told Spanish sports daily Marca.

"I always like to go forward, to take risks. I'm not afraid of anything and that's what brought me here."

The versatile left-winger, who became Jose Mourinho's first signing as new Real Madrid coach back in June, was named the best player of the Portuguese league last season after helping the club to the league and cup double.

I always like to go forward, to take risks. I'm not afraid of anything and that's what brought me here.
Angel Di Maria, Real Madrid winger

He played for Argentina at the 2010 FIFA World Cup™, where he played on the left side of a central midfield three.

Di Maria hopes to be a first-team regular at Real, although he admits Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo "will continue to be number one."

He added that Mourinho "made it clear that if you work hard, then you'll play. What he tells us all is that we train to the maximum".

"I'm happy to here, surrounded by the best players and under a great coach," said the 22-year-old. "It's what I always dreamed of."