Manchester United and Arsenal target Angel di Maria claims he is happy at Real Madrid amid rumours of a potential switch to the Premier League.
25-year-old Di Maria, who arrived at the Santiago Bernabeu from Portuguese outfit Benfica in June 2010, was the subject of persistent speculation throughout the summer transfer window after rumours suggested he was one of a number of players Real were attempting to offload during preparations to sign Welsh star Gareth Bale.
Such speculation had linked David Moyes' men and the Gunners with a potential move for the Argentine international, but Di Maria remained at Real, even after fellow winger Bale eventually completed his protracted move to the Spanish capital.
Despite the window now being firmly closed, rumours continue to link the former Rosario Central prodigy with a switch to the Premier League. Di Maria himself, however, has moved to distance himself from such talk by stating that he is happy at the club.
"I wanted to stay from the start, because being here is the best possible thing that could have happened to me," he was quoted by talkSPORT.
"It's true that it was a difficult summer in which a lot was said and many lies were told. I am happy because things are going well for me. I am getting game time and I am feeling very confident."
Real, whose manager Carlo Ancelotti is in his first season in charge at the club, are currently third in La Liga having collected 13 points from their opening five fixtures.
A brace from Portuguese icon Cristiano Ronaldo helped Los Blancos to an emphatic 4-1 win over Getafe on Sunday night and Ancelotti's men return to action on Wednesday evening away to struggling Elche at Estadio Manuel Martínez Valero.