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Angel Di Maria pours salt in Man Utd wounds with “best decision” admission

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26 Oct 2021
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Angel Di Maria has taken a dig at Manchester United by insisting his move to Paris St Germain was the “best decision of his life”.

The Argentine, 33, left Old Trafford for the French capital in the summer of 2015 after one disappointing season in the Premier League.

Speaking to Telefoot via Ligue 1’s website, Di Maria said: “Choosing Paris was the best decision of my life”.

“Therefore, I made the decision to both extend my contract here, and for my family and I to remain in Paris”.

“I have one season left, if I have a good season and if everything goes well, I will speak with Leonardo [PSG sporting director] to see if we can stay for a further season.”

Di Maria signed for United from Real Madrid in August 2014 for a club record £59.7million fee but managed just three goals in 27 Premier League appearances.

He was flogged to PSG 11 months later for a reported £44m fee and has since flourished in France, lifting four Ligue 1 titles.

Di Maria has also helped the Parisian club win five French Cups, four French League Cups and reach the Champions League final in August 2020.

His existing deal expires in June and he’s keen to extend his stay in Paris and continue playing with compatriot Lionel Messi.

Di Maria added: “To be able to play with Messi at club level was one of the things missing from my career objectives. He has always been the best player in the world.

“What he does on the pitch and in training is incredible, nobody can do what he does. He is unique and we must take advantage of this time we have with him at PSG.”

Di Maria and his family have been critical of United on several occasions since he left the club six years ago.

The player’s wife Jorgelina Cardoso once said: “I remember Angel coming up and saying, ‘An offer from Manchester United has come in. Maybe we’ll be a little more financially secure.’

“We fought about it. I told him, ‘Not a chance.’ He could go on his own. There was a lot of money involved and, afterwards, the Spanish were calling us money grabbers. And they were right!

“It was horrible! A s***hole, we went to the house and we were like, ‘See you later guys, we’re out of here’.

“When we left, I said to him, ‘Go to any country – except England’. Anyway, one year later and there we were in England.”

 

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