Balague: Di Maria felt he couldn't stay at Real Madrid

Despite the Argentinia international being on the cusp of one of the biggest transfers of all time, leaving Real Madrid hasn't been an easy decision.

This weekend has seen Angel Di Maria's apparent move to Manchester Untied gather more and more pace. The winger was said to have bid goodbye to the club ahead of flying to Manchester, with there seemingly little left to do before he becomes the British record signing.

But according to Sky Sports expert Guillem Balague, it is a move Di Maria is taking despite having originally wished to remain at the Champions League holders.

"He is a bit upset because of the treatment by Real Madrid," Balague said. "I know people will say 'how can he be upset if he's going to earn nearly €8 million' but he feels he has given a lot to Real Madrid.

"He was absolutely crucial for Real to win the Champions League last season. He even changed his position from a being a winger/forward to being a midfielder and that is still needed at Real Madrid.

"But he felt that he couldn't stay," added the La Liga expert. "I believe that when he comes to the Premier League, he will write an open letter to the Real Madrid fans saying 'these are the reasons why I left though originally i didn't want to.'"

Madrid's conduct this summer mirrors the way that Mesut Ozil left the club last season. Though fellow players, staff and fans all desired the German to be kept at the club, Florentino Perez decided the now Arsenal player was expendable given the deal to bring Gareth Bale to the Bernabeu from Tottenham.

It meant Ozil moved from a position of looking like staying in the Spanish capital to packing his bags within a few days.

Di Maria will also feel a little hard done by over his treatment by the La Liga giants. As Balague points out, the Argentine played a key role in the club's season after adapting to a more central position to accommodate Bale. He responded with more goals (11) than he managed in his three previous seasons, as well as an impressive 26 assists, of which 17 were in the league making him the best over the campaign.

If he can bring that sort of form to United it is likely he will quickly get over any disappointment at his Real exit, regardless of what fee the English giants have to fork out to ensure it happens.

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