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Nasser Al-Khelaifi claims Angel di Maria wanted PSG transfer

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Paris Saint-Germain president Nasser Al-Khelaifi has sensationally claimed that Angel di Maria wanted to move to Parc des Princes, fuelling speculation that Manchester United was not the winger's first-choice destination.

In an exclusive interview with French publication Le Parisien, the PSG chief has poured cold water on the former Real Madrid star's £59.7 million switch to Old Trafford by insisting that the Argentina international would've preferred to move to Ligue 1 instead.

Red Devils boss Louis van Gaal broke the British transfer record to secure Di Maria's signature, but will not be pleased to hear about the latest allegations fired towards his new player, particularly if it transpires the 26-year-old's heart isn't really with Manchester United.

"Di Maria wanted to come to Paris," Al-Khelaifi was quoted as saying by the London Metro. "Even without FFP, we wouldn't have signed him."

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It has already been reported that Di Maria didn't really want to leave Real Madrid, but was forced out of the Santiago Bernabeu by Carlo Ancelotti following a number of new arrivals in the Spanish capital.

PSG were ultimately prevented from splashing out on the South American by UEFA's Financial Fair Play sanctions, paving way for Di Maria's big-money move to Manchester United.

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Fans of the Premier League giants will be disappointed to hear that Old Trafford was not his number one option, but will take solace in the fact that Van Gaal managed to lure him to the club as they now look to bounce back from a disappointing start to the 2014/15 campaign.

Di Maria actually made his debut during Manchester United's 0-0 draw with newly-promoted Burnley at Turf Moor on Saturday, but was withdrawn after an hour as a precaution after picking up a knock.

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The Red Devils ace will now join up with his country during the international break before returning ahead of the upcoming home clash against Queens Park Rangers in a little under two weeks time.

Di Maria's signing last week was followed up by the arrival of Daley Blind from Ajax and the deadline day capture of Colombian striker Radamel Falcao from AS Monaco; two high-profile additions that will look to make Manchester United competitive in the higher echelons of the Premier League again.

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