Angel di Maria opens up on his friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo

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Manchester United superstar signing has spoken out over a number of subjects including his former Real Madrid team-mate.

Superstar forward Angel di Maria departed Real Madrid after a momentous season as the club claimed their coveted Decima, but the player believes he may have left at the opportune time as he is "excited" to join "such a big club" like Manchester United following a British record £59.7 million.

Perhaps the figure he will miss most at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu, though, is none other than a player who used to don the shirt he has been honoured with - Cristiano Ronaldo.

"The truth is I have a great friendship with Ronaldo," said di Maria as quoted by ESPN. "He always supported me at every moment and when it looked like I was going to leave he fought my corner and the truth is thanks to him I was at Real Madrid last season."

Indeed, even Ronaldo hinted that he was unhappy over the sale of the Argentine, as he claimed he is "not allowed to say what he thinks" about the transfer but admitted that if he "were in charge" he would "have done it different."

Di Maria continued: "I left in the best way possible, with the Decima [and am now very] excited to come to such a big club [like United]. I have to adapt as quickly as possible to help the team."

Di Maria follows modern greats like Ronaldo and David Beckham as he has been endowed with a hallow shirt number: "It's a nice thing to wear a shirt that so many great players have worn. For the club, the number 7 is very important. It's the number the best players have worn. It's great, but it doesn't add any pressure for me."

On living up to his £59.7 million fee, he said: "You don't think about those things, you think about working hard and doing the best you can. I am grateful to Manchester United for paying what Real Madrid wanted, and for wanting me as much as I wanted to come here. They didn't try and knock Madrid down by a single pound and that means a lot to me. I will try to give everything for this club."

One thing the player may have to get used to, is the more robust nature of the Premier League in comparison to La Liga - and di Maria even commented that training sessions are more physical.

"Training sessions are more physical than in Spain.

"In football terms, the players are very strong, very fast and I have to adapt to that as quickly as possible to improve all the time."

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