Angel Di Maria says he didn’t want to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United

Angel Di Maria

The Argentine attacker’s time at Old Trafford did not materialise, but he never wanted to exit the Bernabeu.

Former Manchester United attacker Angel Di Maria has stated to Marca that he never wanted to join the English club in the first place and was keen to stay at Real Madrid.

The Argentina international moved to Old Trafford last summer but had an inconsistent solitary season in the Premier League before being offloaded to Paris-Saint Germain ahead of this term.

Di Maria has undeniable talent, but did not show this on a regular enough occasion and as such will be deemed as a big-money flop by most of the Red Devils’ support.

Reflecting on his exit from the Spanish capital city side, Di Maria has stated that he was keen to stay at the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

With the prospect of the South American returning to his former stomping ground in the Ligue 1 side’s next Champions League fixture, he also stated that he would not celebrate is he scored against Rafa Benitez’s men.

"My intention was always to stay at Real Madrid," Di Maria told Marca.

"I didn't have much relationship with [club president] Florentino Perez.

"PSG can win the Champions League. Players want the trophy and the club wants the trophy. We'll see a brave PSG at the Bernabeu.

"I will not forget the fans of Real Madrid. That ovation in my last game was special and will always be grateful to the fans of Real Madrid.

"If I score at Bernabeu I won't celebrate it. It's a matter of respect for those who were my fans and my partners.”

Part of the problem Di Maria had at United was a failure to adapt to the team due to being deployed in numerous different positions.

He remains a respected world-class player, but one that did not work out at Old Trafford.

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