English Premiership

Di Maria's war with Perez goes on

2014-09-08 14:54
Angel di Maria (AFP)

Cape Town - There is a storm brewing at the Santiago Bernabeu which has thrown Cristiano Ronaldo's long-term future at the club in doubt.

According to espn.co.uk, Di Maria has continued his attack on his former club.

The row continued when Real Madrid president Florentino Perez said that Los Blancos "made the best offer you could to a football player and he didn't accept," before he added: "No one was going to make that kind of money but Cristiano."

Di Maria refused to take Perez's words lying down, he responded: "I didn't have much to do with Florentino. When I signed and renewed my contract, he wasn't present."

Di Maria claimed the club, and Perez in particular, told "lies" in suggesting that the winger wanted to leave Madrid. 

Cristiano Ronaldo, a massive fan of Di Maria, has been frank when he told reporters of his unhappiness at how the club conducted their transfer business this year. The Portugal star again reiterated his love for Manchester United and suggested he may yet return to Old Trafford.

Perez quickly dismissed any suggestions that he and CR7 were not seeing eye-to-eye. 

"He [Ronaldo] was always there for me. I don't know how long he'll endure it at Madrid," said Angel Di Maria.

"The Madrid president said he bought James Rodriguez because I wanted to go but I never said that. Cristiano always supported me because he knew I didn't want to go, but these things happen and the club decided to bring in other players. The £59.7 million they got through selling me was very good for the club." said Di Maria.

Di Maria also brought to light a letter sent by Perez to the Argentine FA shortly before the World Cup final with Germany,m where Perez is alleged to have instructed Argentina that Di Maria should not play. 

Di Maria was an injury concern throughout the latter stage of the tournament in Brazil. 

"Yes, there was a letter from Madrid that arrived at about 11 o'clock on the day of the game," Di Maria said.

"I was aiming to see if I could recover to play in the final, knowing that there was a risk of re-injuring myself.

"As soon as I got it, I tore it up and paid no attention."

He said the then AFA president, Julio Grondona, had received the letter but assured him that he "would take care of what might happen" financially if Di Maria played and suffered a setback.

Ultimately, coach Alejandro Sabella decided not to risk Di Maria in the final against Germany. 

"I suffered a lot after hearing that I wouldn't play, but these things happen," said the winger after missing out on the showpiece game.

"It was Sabella's decision and he made the decision for the benefit of the team.

"I didn't want to leave the team a man short after five minutes."

The Argentine insists he is settling down well in Manchester and claimed to  be "very happy" despite struggling to improve his English, something Juan Mata is currently helping with. 

"Van Gaal is a good coach," added Di Maria.

"Playing three defenders is difficult because the players here aren't used to it, but over time things will change." said Di Maria regarding the new 3-5-2 formation that van Gaal is insisting on playing.

"Hopefully we can put Manchester United back where they belong."


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