Angel Di Maria Continues Row with Real Madrid President Florentino Perez

Ian Rodgers@irodgers66World Football Staff WriterSeptember 6, 2014

GETAFE, SPAIN - FEBRUARY 16: Angel Di Maria of Real Madrid CF looks on during the La Liga match between Getafe CF and Real Madrid CF at Coliseum Alfonso Perez on February 16, 2014 in Getafe, Spain.  (Photo by Gonzalo Arroyo Moreno/Getty Images)
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Just when we thought the altercation between Angel Di Maria and Real Madrid appeared to be coming to an end, up pops the new Manchester United signing to fire further broadside across the Bernabeu ship.

The Argentina international had already publicly claimed he did not want to leave the La Liga giants following his British record £59.7 million move to Old Trafford before the transfer window closed.

Mark Doyle of Goal.com reported that Di Maria insisted in an open letter to the Real Madrid supporters that leaving the club had never been part of his thinking.

Di Maria was quoted as saying:

I had the honour to wear this shirt for four years and I feel nothing but pride for what I went through and achieved with my team-mates.

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

After winning La Decima I went to the World Cup with the hope of receiving a gesture from the board, which never arrived. Many things and many lies were told. Someone may not like me. The only thing I asked for was something fair. 

There are many things that I value and many of them have nothing to do with my salary. I hope to find them at Manchester United, one of the biggest clubs in the world.

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However, Real Madrid president Florentino Perez hit back by saying Di Maria was looking for a similar wage to the one enjoyed by Cristiano Ronaldo at the club, as the Daily Telegraph reported.

Perez was quoted as saying:

A player that is under contract and leaves is because he wants to. Real has always respected contracts.

Di Maria had financial requests that I considered legitimate but we couldn't satisfy them. I reiterate that we made him the best possible offer.

With the exception of Cristiano (Ronaldo), Di Maria would have been the highest paid at Real Madrid. Had we accepted his financial demands it would have created an unbalanced treatment that would have put the club's stability in danger.

Di Maria left to Manchester for a fee that we considered fair and that is why the transfer was completed. We wish Di Maria the best professionally and personally.

Any hopes Perez and Real Madrid had that that would bring a conclusion to the matter were brought to an abrupt end when Di Maria gave an interview to Argentine radio program America y Closs, as reported by Simon Jones of the Daily Mail.

Di Maria had played a leading role in helping Alex Sabella's team reach the World Cup final against Germany at the Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro.

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It was his late extra-time goal which saw off the challenge of Switzerland in the last-16 of the tournament.

But the new Old Trafford star was carrying a thigh injury ahead of the World Cup final, and Di Maria claims that Real ordered him not to play in the match against Joachim Low's side, according to Jones.

Di Maria is quoted as saying:

What I love the most is playing with Argentina.

I received a letter at 11am from Real Madrid, on the day of the game while I was in physio, trying to be the best I could be for the final, telling me to not play in the World Cup final.

I was thinking about playing in the final, although I knew that if I did there was a 90 percent chance I’d re-injure myself.

When I read it, I ripped up the letter. I suffered a lot that morning. That was the worst thing to ever happen in my life. I didn’t speak to anyone at the club about this. It doesn’t matter.

In the end, it was Sabella who made the decision and it was for the best.

It remains to be seen if Perez or Real Madrid will now let the issue lie following the sale of the player to United.

But the public nature of the row will be an embarrassing situation for everyone concerned with the Bernabeu club, who are looking to build on last season's Champions League victory.

An uneasy truce may now be required between both parties to prevent the row from becoming an unseemly issue in the eyes of Real supporters.


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