Paris Saint-Germain winger, Angel di Maria, has admitted he never wanted to leave Real Madrid for Manchester United in 2014.
The Argentine had a fairly bright start to his Old Trafford career after a then British transfer record £59.7m move but faded as the season wore on.
He only lasted a season at United after failing to replicate his form at Real – and was sold to PSG for £44m in the summer.
Wanted to stay
“My intention was always to stay at Real Madrid,” he told Marca.
“I do not know much about what happened as these are more things for representatives.
“These things happen in football. I left Madrid but I had the most beautiful last ovation from the Bernabeu and with that I remain calm.
“They always wanted to attribute a desire to leave the club, but it was not true. The only thing I asked for is something that was fair. There are many things that I value and many of them have nothing to do with my salary.”
Relationship with Perez
The former Benfica man, 27, went further to reveal that he didn’t feel he had the backing of the club’s president Florentino Perez.
“After winning La Decima I went to the World Cup with the hope of receiving the nod from the directors, which never came. Many things and many lies were spoken.
“I didn’t have much of a relationship with [Madrid president] Florentino Perez. This is a president who does what he has to do in his work. When I signed, I signed and when I had to go, I went.”
Champions League return
Di Maria will return to the Bernabeu for his new club in the Champions League next week, but says he will show respect to his former supporters.
“PSG can win the Champions League,” he said. “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.”
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