Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has explained how he preferred to keep Angel Di Maria at the club rather than Mesut Ozil, as the Argentinian winger has more 'character'.

Ozil was sold to Arsenal on deadline day on the back of Gareth Bale's move to Madrid from Tottenham Hotspur. Many questioned the deal and were surprised that the Gunners secured a deadline day acquisition.

Di Maria's future had been questioned throughout the summer, although he stayed at the club and it was Ozil's move that was sanctioned. Ancelotti said that Di Maria brings more 'balance' to his forward line in comparison to the German playmaker.

Members of the Real squad and many fans questioned the decision to part company with German star Ozil, however Ancelotti has made it clear that he has authority at the Santiago Bernabeu and he makes the final decisions.

Explaining his transfer stance, the Italian tactician said: "I decided the departure of Ozil. I prefer Di Maria for the balance of the team.

"It's true, that maybe Di Maria has less quality than Ozil but on a profile of dynamism, character and help to the team I preferred Di Maria. With the arrival of Bale it was better to have Di Maria than Ozil."

According to Sky Sports, Ancelotti added: "The players have to be professional. The player is not asked about these things, if a player is leaving or not.

"If you have a friendship with a player you may be a bit sad that a player is leaving, but nothing more."

It is fair what Ancelotti is saying, although many still question why the German star was sold after he had done so well for the club. His form for Arsenal also suggests he still had plenty to offer Los Blancos.

Arsene Wenger has utilised the player wide right in a 4-2-3-1 formation at the Emirates Stadium, and Arsenal sit top of the Premier League after an impressive start to the campaign.

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