Star would have stayed in Spain for less money than United offered claims agent

Angel Di Maria

The agent of new Manchester United signing Angel Di Maria has responded to Madrid president Florentino Perez’s claims.

A week after Angel Di Maria sealed a big-money move to Manchester United, the squabbles in the press are still on-going.

The Argentine international was long linked with a move away from Real Madrid after rumours circulated that the player was unhappy with his position of feeling vastly undervalued by the club.

His former boss Carlo Ancelotti and star teammate Cristiano Ronaldo certainly didn’t feel that way as both men pleaded with Di Maria to remain in the Spanish capital.

His reported contract and monetary gains, however, suggested that he was perhaps not as valuable as his importance warranted – thus causing all parties to have their say on the matter.

Yesterday, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez told the Spanish press that the Red Devils’ new record signing wanted a whopping €8 million-a-year contract, making him the second-highest paid player at the club.

His agent Eugenio Lopez, however, has rubbished such claims and stated that his client would have stayed at the Santiago Bernabeu for less than what he’s now earning at Manchester United.

"Di Maria never asked for eight million and would have stayed for less than what Manchester United give him," said Eugenio Lopez to COPE, quoted by the Spanish newspaper AS.

"Before the World Cup there was no offer from Madrid. He never asked for eight million per year and he would have stayed for less, although there was a club that offered more. The idea was to wait and come to an agreement with Real Madrid over his stay. He wanted to earn what they promised.”

Di Maria’s £59.7 million move to United is a club-record transfer fee, beating the £37.1 million previously paid for Spanish international Juan Mata.

The 26-year-old made his debut in the 0-0 draw at Burnley, turning in a rather abject performance as his side remain winless from three games at the start of the new Premier League campaign.

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