Sports 2014 FIFA World Cup: Real Madrid prevented me from playing in the final- Di Maria

New Manchester United player Angel Di Maria has revealed that the Real Madrid president Florentino Perez ordered him not to play for Argentina in the final of the 2014 FIFA World Cup against Germany.

Di Maria was a major injury doubt for the that game,and Real Madrid feared he could have aggravated it if he had played.

The 26-year-old Argentine claimed that the treatment he got at the Bernabeu forced him to quit the club.

"There was a letter that arrived from Madrid at 11am on the day of the game while I was in physio, trying to be the best I could be for the final, telling me to not play. I tore it up and ignored it, it made no difference" Di Maria told Argentine radio programme America & Closs.

"I talked with Alejandro and his it was his decision. I didn't want to pressure him. I knew I could have to come off after 15 minutes and leave the team, I didn't want that."

Di Maria moved to Old Trafford for a record £59.7m before the summer window closed but Perez claimed he left them because he wanted more money.

"I saw what he said. To be able to earn what Cristiano earns I would have had to have been the best player at the World Cup or won the Ballon d'Or. It looks like he [Perez] gave that offer to another person. I don't have a clue who he offered that to. I don't have much of a relationship with him. When I signed a new deal he wasn't there either.

"I never said I wanted to leave Real Madrid, I never wanted that, but you have to move when they don't want you. Let them say what they want about me, the millions they received for selling me will help the Real Madrid economy very well."

Di Maria made his Manchester United debut in a goalless draw against Burnley before the international break and maintains that he still needs time to settle.


  • Angel Di Maria.jpg
    Angel Di Maria.jpg
    29.9 KB · Views: 8
Last edited by a moderator: