Angel Di Maria has confirmed what we already knew, in that he never wanted to leave Real Madrid, and when he was told he was being sold, he wanted to join PSG. The French club were unable to sign him though after breaching FFP rules, meaning Di Maria had little choice to sign for United, the only other club prepared to meet the asking price.
Di Maria reflects on his good start but then reveals he couldn’t leave the club fast enough.
My intention was always to stay at Madrid. I don’t really know what happened on the inside of the deal – these are things that representatives deal with. It happens in football. My move to PSG could have happened before this summer but it didn’t for financial reasons and I ended up going to United. In the summer I had the chance to go there again and I could not say no.
I started very well but then I had problems with people at the club, I started being left on the bench, then my home was robbed. It all just made me want to get out of there as quickly as possible.
Di Maria has been criticised by the French press for his performances, but he insists that he is settling in to life at PSG.
The truth is that I’m gradually adapting; everyone has been really welcoming since day one and a great help to me and my family. I have to keep working on finding my feet. It’s not easy to come into a club and get to know the players and the system of play from day one, but it’s coming, bit by bit.