Angel di Maria Refutes Real Madrid's Claims That he Wanted to Leave the Club

Angel di Maria is believed to have become increasingly frustrated when Real Madrid president Florentino Perez also splashed out over 100 million euros on World Cup stars James Rodriguez and Toni Kroos, pushing him down the pecking order at the Bernabeu.

updated: August 27, 2014 16:16 IST
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Di Maria's transfer fee breaks the previous British record of 50 million pounds (then $81 million), set in 2011 when Fernando Torres joined Chelsea from Liverpool.


Madrid: Argentine midfielder Angel di Maria has claimed he never asked to leave Real Madrid after sealing his British transfer record £59.7 million ($98 million, 75 million euros) move to Manchester United.

Real boss Carlo Ancelotti had repeatedly stated over the past week that Di Maria had demanded an exit from the Spanish capital.

The 26-year-old denied those suggestions, but did hint that the reason behind his departure had been the club's failure to give him an improved contract after his man-of-the-match performance as Real won their 10th European Cup against Atletico Madrid in May.

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