Manchester United shot-stopper David de Gea has revealed how the club are not mentioning the ‘M’ word – Madrid – in a bid to help new signing Angel di Maria settle into his new surroundings at Old Trafford.
The Argentine international ended a four-year stay in the Spanish capital this summer by signing for United for a club-record transfer fee of £59.7 million.
His current stay with the Red Devils, however, has been blighted by ramblings in the media and his apparent war of words with Madrid president Florentino Perez.
Rumours of a possible Di Maria exit began before the World Cup, with several media outlets claiming that the 26-year-old felt undervalued in Madrid in relation to his salary and wanted a big wage hike.
€8 million a year is the figure which Di Maria was said to demand, but the current United star’s agent claimed that such a figure was fictitious and that his client would have stayed for far less.
Nevertheless, it’s notable that the former Benfica winger hasn’t had the smoothest of arrivals in Manchester, and Spanish goalkeeper De Gea has told reporters how he and his fellow United stars are doing their part to help their new teammate settle in.
“He's delighted to be at Manchester United and he seems really determined to do well. We try not to talk about Madrid too much so that he can fully focus on settling in at United," he is quoted as saying by Spanish newspaper AS.
Di Maria competed an unparalleled 17 La Liga assists last season, the highest number in Europe’s leading five top-flight leagues.