Former Liverpool attacker Maxi Rodriguez believes that Real Madrid were so willing to sell Angel di Maria because they did not value him very highly.
Di Maria created more goals in La Liga than anyone else last season, helped Los Blancos win the Champions League and played a crucial role in Argentina’s run to the 2014 World Cup final.
Yet, last month the 26-year-old found himself being pushed out of the door at the Santiago Bernabeu and was eventually sold to Manchester United for a club-record transfer fee of £59.7 million.
It was a great coup for Premier League giants United to get a world-class versatile player who theoretically has his best years ahead of him.
However, it cannot be denied that the Red Devils could sign him only because Madrid were so keen on cashing in on him, having recruited World Cup winner Toni Kroos and the tournament’s Golden Boot winner James Rodriguez for big money from Bayern Munich and AS Monaco respectively.
But why did Madrid sell Di Maria so easily? According to his Argentine compatriot Rodriguez, who played for Liverpool from 2010 until 2012, the 10-time European champions did not value him enough.
‘I don't think Real Madrid valued Di Maria as they did other players’, Goal.com quotes the 33-year-old Newell's Old Boys as saying.
Current Atletico captain Gabi seems to agree with his former Atletico teammate and is quoted as saying by Football Espana ahead of Saturday’s Madrid derby: ‘It looks to me as if the players they have brought in have less experience.
‘The one that caused us most danger when we played against them was Di Maria, who dictated the pace of the game’.
Di Maria was indeed one of the best players for Madrid and was a key figure in their La Liga, Copa del Rey and Champions League triumphs in the last four years.
Madrid’s loss is United’s gain.