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Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti claims he sold Angel di Maria to Manchester United because the winger is unreliable, the legendary Italian boss told Onda Cero.
The English giants acquired Di Maria for a whopping £59.7m during August, and although the Argentina international started brightly, he’s faded – and has started to come under criticism from fans and neutrals alike.
“Di Maria could take matches by storm with his energy, but he also used to lose control sometimes, misplacing important passes,” Ancelotti explained in an exclusive interview.
The rapid attacker actually racked up more assists in the top five European leagues than any other player last term, so the criticism that his passing isn’t up to scratch is perhaps a little unfair.
Ancelotti replaced Di Maria with James Rodriguez, the Colombian who lit up the World Cup – but was keen to point that he is a different player to United’s record purchase.
“People should think twice before saying that James can fill Di Maria’s boots, because they’re very different players,” the veteran boss said.
23-year-old Rodriguez has so far notched six goals for Real, and assisted five others.