Manchester United's summer signing speaks out for the first time regarding his summer exit from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Angel Di Maria has refuted all accusations suggesting he had requested to leave Real Madrid this summer. The 26-year-old swapped the Bernabeu for Old Trafford in a British-record £59.7million deal last month.
Following Club President Florentino Perez's claims, the Argentine international has revealed the true reasons behind his exit, claiming he was never able to form a professional relationship with the Spanish Businessman.
"I never said I wanted to leave Madrid. The club decided to buy other players. I always had a great relationship with my team-mates," he told Argentine radio station America & Closs. "I have no relationship with Florentino Perez. When I signed my contract he was not present."
The European champions spent heavily over the summer, with Perez paying £63 million to sign World Cup top scorer James Rodriguez, as well as forking out for Germany's World Cup-winning midfielder Toni Kroos. To balance the books, the club decided to sell Di Maria, who had allegedly refused to renegotiate a new contract, in spite of his outstanding 2013-14 campaign with the capital outfit
The new United number seven also revealed his former club's attempts to prevent him from participating in the World Cup final, and this is perhaps where his summer frustrations began. The Galacticos hierarchy had requested him not to risk aggravating an injury he had sustained earlier in the tournament.
"I got a letter from Madrid that arrived at 11:00 on the day of the [World Cup final] asking me not to play," he explained. "We were playing at 16:00 and I was preparing myself to be in the best condition, knowing that I could have got injured. As soon as I go that letter, I ripped it up. I did not care, no matter what."
He did, in fact, miss the match at the Maracana in Rio de Janeiro which Germany won 1-0 after extra-time. Although, the decider may have played out differently, had he been fit.
Di Maria made his Red Devils debut versus Burnley last Saturday, impressing despite a rather abject performance from his new side. Following his first taste of English top flight football, he quickly reiterated his desire to help restore the club to its former glory.
"I was having a good time in Spain, so the change will have its toll. I have to adapt to my new team-mates, but I hope it will be as quick as possible.
"I want to score goals and get United back to where they should be. I'm very happy to be in Manchester."