Angel Di Maria’s time at Manchester United is all but over, and the Argentine winger is pretty happy about it.
Di Maria, 27, joined United for $99 million last summer from Real Madrid but scored just four times in 32 appearances during a disappointing debut season in the Premier League.
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Now, he is in Qatar meeting with the ownership group of Paris Saint-Germain as he finalizes a $68 million move to the reigning French champions to end his Old Trafford nightmare.
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The move has yet to be confirmed by either club, but Di Maria was pictured having a medical at Aspetar, a specialist sports hospital in Doha, on Tuesday and the deal is close to completion.
Speaking to beIn Sports in Qatar, Di Maria revealed his delight of leaving United for PSG.
“I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain. They’re very important,” Di Maria said. “They made it to the quarterfinals of the Champions League, so my objective was to arrive to Paris and to help them through the quarterfinal barrier, because they have struggled in the past two seasons.
“I will try to do the best I can to help the club in those objectives and reach the final stages of the Champions League.”
With Di Maria failing to turn up for United’s preseason tour of the U.S. and manager Louis van Gaal admitting he didn’t know where the Argentine international was, the writing was on the wall.
Di Maria was unsettled in Manchester as his house was burgled in January 2015 and in March he was sent off against Arsenal in a crucial FA Cup quarterfinal. He started just one more game after that last season, as a pelvic injury also kept him out for over a month in December. His United career started brightly with an audacious chipped goal against Leicester City and an assist in his opening three PL matches, but that was as good as it got.
At Real Madrid he was a game-changer who played a pivotal role in winning them the UEFA Champions League in 2014, but at United he was a shadow of the player we saw squirming down the wing with his relentless endurance for Real. How will he fare alongside the likes of Edinson Cavani and Zlatan Ibrahimovic at PSG?