Angel di Maria claimed Real Madrid advised him not to play in the World Cup final…
New Manchester United signing Angel di Maria has launched another angry tirade towards former club Real Madrid, claiming that the Spanish giants instructed him not to play in the World Cup final earlier this year.
The Argentine winger, who is quoted by Goal.com, has heavily criticised Madrid president Florentino Perez, insisting that he initially had no plans to leave the European Champions this summer, but was driven out by club politics.
Di Maria was a doubt ahead of the World Cup final against Germany in July with a thigh injury, and he has revealed Madrid advised him to sit out: “There was a letter that arrived from Madrid at 11am on the day of the game while I was in physio, trying to be the best I could be for the final, telling me to not play. I tore it up and ignored it, it made no difference.”
“I talked with Alejandro [Sabella, Argentina’s manager] and his it was his decision. I didn’t want to pressure him. I knew I could have to come off after 15 minutes and leave the team, I didn’t want that.”
A very public row has been taking place between Di Maria and Perez in recent weeks, with the Madrid supremo claiming that the player moved for money.
However, Di Maria said: “I never said I wanted to leave Real Madrid, I never wanted that, but you have to move when they don’t want you. Let them say what they want about me, the millions they received for selling me will help the Real Madrid economy very well.”
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