Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria has stated his disappointed at being linked with a move away from last season's Champions League winners.
The forward was linked with a move to Tottenham as part of the deal which saw Gareth Bale move to the Santiago Bernabeu but wanted to stay and fight for his place at Real Madrid.
Eventually, however, Mesut Ozil was the player to make way for Bale's homecoming and Di Maria was given the chance to prove himself.
After a stellar season, speculation about Di Maria's future still continued. But, the player insisted that he will stay at the club.
"It hurts when you're always doing your best for the club and you hear you might be going to Tottenham," the star winger told Marca.
"I spoke with Carlo Ancelotti last summer. I wanted to stay and he wanted me to stay as well. He told me that he counted on me and it was up to me from then on.
"I have grown a lot under Ancelotti. He got the best out of me. Things have gone well and I made the right decision to stay.
"I am not going to lie, I know that there are clubs that want to sign me and can match Real Madrid's demands but that’s up to my representatives and the club. I will stay if the club wants me to stay. I am not thinking about my future now. We will see what Madrid have in mind, whether they want me to stay or leave.
"I am happy at Madrid. I had a great season and always had everybody’s support but sometimes you don’t have a choice, even when you want to stay yourself."
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