Angel di Maria 'very happy' to complete £46m move to Paris St Germain
Angel Di Maria has declared he is joining 'a very important club' after he completed his £46m move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain.
United fans have been infuriated by Di Maria's eagerness to leave Old Trafford a year after his British record £59.7m switch from Real Madrid, but the Argentine winger made it clear he was delighted to move with these comments to beIN Sports.
"I am very happy to join PSG. What I know about PSG is that it is a team that won all the possible trophies in France last season," he said.
"This is very important for the club. I also know that I want to overcome the obstacle that is the quarter-finals of the Champions League.
"I am going to try to bring the best of my abilities to put myself at the service of this team. We are going to try and go as far as possible in the Champions League."
Di Maria was close to signing for PSG a year ago, but that deal failed to materialise as the French club were stopped in their bid to sign the player from Real Madrid due to UEFA's Financial Fair Play rules.
Now the deal has been finalised, with United fans quick to condemn Di Maria for giving up on his Old Trafford dream so quickly and one of the club's former greats suggesting the player will forever have a stain on his record.
"He will now always have on his CV that he was a failure at Man United," said Rio Ferdinand, in an interview with ESPN.
"As a professional, I wouldn't want something like that on my record. If I could rectify it by staying and trying to prove myself, I would have done that.
"As a fan, I would have liked for him to stay there and prove he can perform for Man United. That is what we all wanted to see when the club paid so much for him last summer, but that isn't happening, it seems.
"I can understand why some fans are disappointed that he is leaving so soon, but this is a business.
"United may have looked at it this summer and Van Gaal has probably come to the conclusion that he doesn't fit into his system for whatever reason. At that point, you have to cash in."
United have taken a £13m hit on the sale of Di Maria, but it seems as if the Old Trafford club did manage to get the sale price on Di Maria raised in the final round of negotiations, after reports had claimed a £44m deal had been agreed.
Whatever the fee, United will be relieved to get rid of a superstar who appears to have been unable and maybe even unwilling to adapt to life in Manchester.
This is a player who wanted to join PSG last summer and now he has got his wish. United may have lost money on this deal, but at least they can now move on without a player who has shown that his heart was never at their club.