"I know there has been a lot of criticism of Real Madrid following the departures of Xabi Alonso and Angel di Maria [but] in the case of Di Maria there was a financial element," he said on Sky Sports recently.
Manchester United purchased the Argentine for a club-record fee but the acquisition looks to have brought instant dividends as the club's latest number 7 produced a five-star performance at home against Queens Park Rangers yesterday, Sunday.
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In just his second Premier League appearance, di Maria performed like he belonged in the division as he received almost a century of touches on the football, returned a passing accuracy of 80% and precisely half of his pass attempts (36/72) were inside the attacking zone (the final third).
In total, di Maria created four goal-scoring opportunities versus QPR - one of which became an assist and he was accurate with 50% of his shots, scoring once.
Di Maria has obvious talent, however, he seemingly does not have enough to warrant a regular place in the starting XI due to the presence of Gareth Bale, Cristiano Ronaldo and James Rodriguez.
"He wanted to stay, no doubt, but with the way Real Madrid play he would not have been happy on the bench and it would have been a very expensive player to keep in reserve," added Balague.
"That’s the thinking of the club – I’m not saying I agree with it, but that’s their thinking and they had to make a decision."