The Argentine’s representative, Eugenio Lopez, says the player would have accepted a much lower wage than he is now earning at Manchester United had the European champion offered
Angel Di Maria did not demand €8 million per year from Real Madrid but was farmed off to Manchester United for €75m anyway, according to his agent Eugenio Lopez.
The Argentine was one of the best players of 2013-14 for Carlo Ancelotti’s side, starring as they won the Champions League and Copa del Rey.
However, his efforts caught the eye of Louis van Gaal’s new club and a mega-money bid in August was enough to convince the Santiago Bernabeu side to part with Di Maria.
Since that transfer, Di Maria has got a few parting digs in at Real Madrid – including Friday’s revelation that the club pleaded with him not to play in the World Cup final – and his representative has denied suggestions from figures within the European champions that he wanted a huge pay rise.
“Before the World Cup there was no offer from Real Madrid,” Lopez told Cadena COPE. “He never asked for €8m per year and would’ve stayed for much less, even though there was a club who offered more.
“The idea was to wait and come to an agreement with Real Madrid in order for him to stay. He wanted to earn what they promised him and he would’ve stayed for much less than Manchester United is paying him.
“He signed until 2018, but he wanted to improve his deal. Which is normal. They brought in Toni Kroos and James Rodriguez. That was a sign that something was wrong. But they didn’t bring in James because Di Maria wanted to leave. They are very different players.
“We started to negotiate, but Real Madrid didn’t budge. I’m speaking in reference of what Florentino Perez said. Ancelotti did everything he could to keep Di Maria.
“When they played Atletico Madrid in the Supercopa, the ovation from the crowd was tremendous. He’s only a fan of Rosario Central, but he loves Real Madrid.”
Di Maria is currently on international duty with Argentina and starred as the Albiceleste exacted revenge on Germany on Wednesday for their World Cup final defeat in the summer.