Di Maria preferred PSG over Manchester United, claims club president

Angel Di Maria

Angel Di Maria would have chosen to join Paris Saint-Germain over Manchester United this summer, according to club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi, but Real Madrid's asking price made a deal impossible.

Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims Angel Di Maria would have preferred to join the French champions this summer.

Di Maria, 26, sealed a British record £59.7 million switch from Real Madrid to Manchester United last week after four successful seasons in the Spanish capital, but the Argentine international later confessed in an open letter to fans that he never wanted to leave the Bernabeu.

Forced into a departure following the club’s £63 million signing of James Rodriguez, Al-Khelaifi has alleged that the winger was most keen on a move to PSG, but Real’s asking price made a potential deal impossible.

‘Di Maria wanted to come to Paris but even without FFP [Financial Fair Play], we wouldn't have signed him,’ he told Le Parisien.

But while Al-Khelaifi stressed that FFP did not put PSG off signing Di Maria, the Qatari did go on to criticise UEFA over the regulations.

‘I do not know if Michel Platini wants to kill French football, but FFP is not fair,’ he said.

‘It is very difficult to understand. The big clubs stay big and small clubs remain small.

‘We respect the rules but want to discuss it with UEFA in October to try to change the rules a little.’

Di Maria moved to Madrid from Benfica in 2010 and made a total of 190 appearances for the Spanish side, chalking up 36 goals and 72 assists, before helping the team to their 10th European title – “La Decima” – with a 4-1 extra-time win over rivals Atletico Madrid in the 2014 Champions League final.

Penning a five-year contract at Old Trafford, worth a reported £200,000-per-week, fans have lofty expectations for the 52-times capped World Cup veteran going forward and, after leading Europe’s assists chart outright with 17 last season, there are clear reasons to be excited about his future in Manchester.

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