Xabi Alonso has wished winger Angel di Maria well at Manchester United ahead of his proposed move from Real Madrid - despite his personal connection to Liverpool.
The Spanish central midfielder - who has been linked with a shock move to Old Trafford himself in recent weeks - wrote his goodbye message on Twitter as the 26-year-old flies to England to complete his Premier League switch.
Alonso became a Liverpool legend during his five-year spell at Anfield, helping the club win a Champions League and FA Cup in his first two years on Merseyside after arriving from Real Sociedad.
However, differences with former manager Rafael Benitez saw him leave the Reds before the fans would have liked, and he’s gone on to achieve success in his homeland with Madrid.
His English allegiance appears to remain with Liverpool however, and whilst he’s wished Di Maria well at the club, his message contained a subtle reminder that Manchester United are not his club.
Translated from Twitter, the message read: “Thanks for everything Fideo [Di Maria's nickname - Noodle]! I wish you all the best, even at Manchester United :) I will never forget the zigzag in extra time in Lisbon.”
Champions League MOTM
Alonso references the Argentine’s crucial strike against Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last season, when Carlo Ancelotti’s side came from behind to win 4-1 and Di Maria turned in a man of the match display.
Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal will be hoping to see that on a regular basis, given the British-record fee - believed to be £63.9million - that is set to be paid to bring the player to the club. He’ll also be after a change in fortunes after a defeat and draw in the opening two games of the season.
Reds' title hopes
Liverpool, meanwhile, won there opening league game last weekend and are set to welcome Mario Balotelli to the club, with Brendan Rodgers looking to mount another title challenge this season.
And, it’s clear who Alonso will be rooting for this season.