New Manchester United signing, Angel Di Maria, has said that he was left with no choice but to leave former club, Real Madrid.
The Argentine, who signed for the English club yesterday, for a record fee of £59.7 million, claims that his former club’s board did not value him in an open letter to Madrid fans.
"My time at Real Madrid has come to an end. It's impossible, in just a few lines, to put all I have gained here, but this letter is my way of explaining how I'm feeling now that I'm bidding the club farewell,” the winger claimed.
"Over the four years I have had the honour of wearing this shirt, I have felt nothing but pride about everything that has happened and all I have achieved together with my team-mates.”
He went on to argue that lies were circulated about him that made it seem like he wanted to leave, but that he wasn’t as concerned about his salary demands as he was about being valued as a player.
"Sadly, now I have to go, but I want to make it clear that this was never my wish. I've always wanted to progress, as anyone else does in their job. I went to the World Cup after winning the 'Decima' with the hope of getting some signal from the club management, but it never came.”
"Many things were said and many lies circulated. They always wanted to pin the idea of leaving the club on me, but that's not how it was. Unfortunately, my football isn't to someone's taste. The only thing I asked for was a fair deal.”
He concluded the letter by looking ahead to his future at Manchester United, where he hopes for continued success.
"There are many things that I value and a lot 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, with which I'm hoping to make history.”
"I've been lucky enough to share a dressing room with some fantastic players, who have been even better team-mates. I think that was the key to winning the 10th Champions League. I want to apologise for the times I made mistakes, on or off the field.”
"It was never my intention to do wrong by anyone. I sweated for this shirt every game as if it were the last. There were times when things went well, and times when they didn't, but what I can say is that I always gave it everything."
Di Maria made 190 appearances in all competitions for Real Madrid, scoring 36 goals in the process.
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