Manchester United winger Angel Di Maria says he is indebted to boss Louis Van Gaal for displaying his interest and bringing him to Old Trafford.
The Argentine international upset a number of Real Madrid supporters during the summer by switching the Spanish capital for Old Trafford.
It was a signal of intent by United as not only did they smash their transfer record, but brining in such a quality player without the lure of Champions League football proved their credentials.
Ahead of United’s clash with Manchester rivals City at the Etihad on Sunday, the 26-year-old admitted that there was little interest elsewhere despite strong links to Paris Saint-Germain in the press.
“No, there was never any contact anywhere else, the people who came with all the paperwork, signed and ready, showing real eagerness to sign me were United. As soon as I heard of their interest, there was no question of me going anywhere else.” He said, quoted by the Telegraph.
Di Maria was adored by the Santiago Bernabeu faithful towards the back end of last season as he played a major part in their Copa Del Rey and Champions league success.
He topped the La Liga charts with an incredible 17 assists, though he felt his contribution wasn’t appreciated enough by president Florentino Perez and the Madrid hierarchy.
On joining United, Di Maria revels how the Old Trafford outfit made him feel wanted and he reserved a special mention for boss Louis Van Gaal.
“As a player, you’re always going to go somewhere if the club really want to sign you and show willing by putting that amount of money on the table.”
“I think the figure was €75 million (£59.7 million). It would be hard for any club to turn that down – even Real Madrid. I felt from the word go that I was going somewhere where I’d be really loved.”
“I’m not saying that I wasn’t loved in Madrid – but that kind of interest that Manchester United showed is hard to turn down. It was him [Van Gaal] who showed that confidence in me by wanting to sign me.”