Angel Di Maria Officially Completes PSG Transfer from Manchester United

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Angel Di Maria has sealed his long-awaited move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain, confirmed by the Premier League club on Thursday.

PSG scheduled a media gathering for 5.30pm BST the same day, per AS, in order to unveil their new capture.

Bleacher Report columnist Guillem Balague claimed a deal was struck between the two clubs on July 29. The Guardian reported a fee of £44.3 million.

Di Maria joins on a four-year contract, per Samuel Petrequin of the Associated Press. He will earn almost €11 million (£7.7 million) a year in wages, according to L'Equipe (h/t Jonathan Johnson of Bleacher Report).

"I am happy because PSG wanted me to come here, and that makes me very happy," Di Maria said on Wednesday, per Mark Ogden of the Telegraph. "After that, I will try to do things the best I can and will try to work hard and give it all I can like I have done in other clubs."

Di Maria continued:

I hope things go well and that we can win many titles. I know PSG won everything last season and every title and that is important for a big club.

They reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so my objective is to arrive in Paris and help them through the quarter-final barrier, which they have struggled to do in the past two seasons. I will try to do the best I can to help the club reach those objectives and pass the barrier of the quarter-finals of the Champions League.

After a British-record transfer fee took Di Maria from Real Madrid to the Red Devils, the midfielder failed to build on a scintillating start, with lack of form, perennial fitness problems and off-field issues conspiring against him.

Di Maria confessed on June 4 he had struggled in England, per the Sun (h/t Jacob Murtagh of the Daily Mirror): 

It was a hard season for me. I think it was hard because it was another country and another league, and this league is harder than the Spanish one. So, I couldn't adapt myself as I wanted to.

Nonetheless, as we can see here, courtesy of WhoScored.com (h/t Sky Sports), statistically, the Old Trafford outfit did perform better in the Premier League with the former Blancos star in the team:

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Would #MUFC really be better off without Di Maria & Van Persie? We check the stats http://t.co/oIT7rBLgeY @WhoScored http://t.co/JzDVuAwwMu

There are plenty of people associated with United who will feel the Red Devils failed to see the best of this uniquely capricious player. However, after just one season at the club, he departs United for a new adventure in France.