Paris Saint-Germain star Angel di Maria has revealed that FC Barcelona tried to sign him as a possible replacement for Neymar in 2017, despite his previous links with Real Madrid.
After Neymar joined PSG three years ago, the Catalan giants were looking for an immediate successor and reportedly identified Di Maria.
However, the Argentine has revealed that it was the French champions who decided not to sell, a decision that Di Maria was happy with.
"I was very happy in Paris, but people at the club at the time told me some things, which turned out to be lies in the end," he told L'Equipe.
"Barca tried to get me to come. The two clubs discussed it, but PSG did not want to sell me and it ended there.
"These lies annoyed me a lot but, in the end, not leaving was a good thing because I am very happy in Paris today."
The Argentine winger has been in Paris since leaving Manchester United in 2015, and he is hoping to finish his career in the French capital.
"I want to end my career in Europe with PSG is the only thing I want and have in mind," he added.
"I'm happy here, my family is too. As for the rest, I don't know for the moment. No discussions have been initiated and this is not my intention at this time. I want to focus on the field, the rest will come later."
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