Manchester United’s £59.7m Signing Angel Di Maria Did Not Want To Leave Real Madrid

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The midfielder admits it was not his choice to depart the Bernabeu.

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On Tuesday Manchester United completed the signing of Angel di Maria from Real Madrid for a British record transfer fee of £59.7m.

Yet the Argentina international has since admitted in an open letter to the Madrid fans that he did not actually want to leave the Estadio Santiago Bernabeu.

“Sadly, now I have to go, but I want to make it clear that this was never my wish,” di Maria was quoted by ESPN.

“Many things were said and many lies circulated. They always wanted to pin the idea of leaving the club on me, but that’s not how it was.”

Di Maria becomes the Red Devils’ fourth major signing of the summer along with Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo and takes the club’s spending in this window to £131.7m.

The South American ended a four year spell with Los Blancos upon completing the deal, during which time the 26-year-old played 190 matches in all competitions and won the Copa del Rey twice, La Liga and the Champions League.

The fee United paid for di Maria eclipses the previous record of £50m for Fernando Torres when the striker completed his move from Liverpool to Chelsea in January 2011.

The Argentine will now be tasked with helping the 13-time Premier League champions out of the poor form they currently find themselves in under new manager Louis van Gaal.

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