Real Madrid only offered Di Maria €1.5m payrise, says father

The former Benfica star’s father has voiced his dismay with the Champions League holders’ treatment of the winger prior to his switch to Manchester United

Angel Di Maria’s father has hit out at Real Madrid in the wake of the Argentina international’s transfer to Manchester United and has laughed off suggestions that the Champions League holders had offered the winger an annual salary of €6 million.

The 26-year-old left Madrid for United in a deal worth €75m earlier this week after he turned down an offer to extend his contract at the Santiago Bernabeu, which was reportedly worth €6m a year.

However, Miguel Di Maria has stressed that his son never felt fully appreciated at the club – something that he claims is reflected by their offer of a €1.5m payrise.

“Madrid never offered him €6m. Their ultimate offer was €5m, which represented a €1.5m payrise. The first problems that arose were the result of financial reasons. He joined Madrid for a certain salary and they left it at that,” Miguel Di Maria told El Partido de las 12.

“Angel was never really appreciated at Madrid. It was always as if they didn’t want him at the club. They never showed him any affection.

“Angel was tired of always having to prove himself over and over again. He had already proven himself. Madrid have lost a key player, someone who could make the difference at any given moment.

“He is happy at Manchester United now and they treat him well. Their financial offer was also higher than what Madrid had offered.”

Di Maria was United’s fourth big-money signing of the summer after the previous arrivals of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw and Marcos Rojo.

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