Angel Di Maria Admits He Did Not Want to Leave Real Madrid in Farewell Letter

Ryan Bailey@ryanjaybaileyFeatured ColumnistAugust 26, 2014

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Shortly after he was revealed as a Manchester United player on Tuesday, Angel Di Maria's farewell letter to Real Madrid was published by Spanish sports newspaper Marca

In the letter, the Argentine forward explains that he did not want to leave the Bernabeu and appears to launch a few parting shots at the club's directors.

The folks at 101GG translated the missive, in which the 26-year-old admits he would have preferred to stay with the European champions: 

Unfortunately today I have to go, but I want to make clear that this was never my desire. As anyone who works, I’ve always wanted to progress.

Di Maria then appears to criticise Madrid's directors—presumably including president Florentino Perez—for the way they handled his contract over the summer: 

After winning “La Decima” I went to the World Cup with the hope of receiving a new contract, which never came. Many things and many lies were spoken.

Manchester United's record signing then looks to the future and hints that the Premier League side will better suit his aspirations:

There are many things that I value and many of them have nothing to do with my salary. I hope to find it at Manchester United.

Los Blancos fans will certainly appreciate Di Maria's candour and his "Hala Madrid!" sign-off.

Manchester United supporters, on the other hand, might not like his inference that he would rather not be playing at Old Trafford at all. 

Di Maria may not be playing for the club he wants, but at least he has a shiny new Chevy to show for his efforts...

[101GG via Marca]


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