Real Madrid president Florentino Perez says Angel Di Maria only left the club because they refused to match his wage demands.
The Argentinian superstar completed a £59.7 million move to Manchester United in the summer, breaking the British transfer record in the process. However, the move was only able to happen because the La Liga outfit refused to match Di Maria's wage demands.
Tried my best
Perez said the club did everything to offer Di Maria the chance to stay at the Bernabeu but could not stretch to his demands. In the end, Perez had to sign James Rodriguez and allow Di Maria to leave.
He told Marca: "Di Maria had a few economic demands that seemed legitimate but we could not meet them."
"We offered him the best terms we could give, but he did not accept it."
A personal decision
Perez has also denied claims that Di Maria wanted to stay at Real Madrid. He said that no player has ever been forced out of the club during his tenure and that the Argentinian's exit to Old Trafford was orchestrated by his own actions.
The Real Madrid president said Di Maria's demands were so farflung from the current structure at the Bernabeu that accepting them would have certainly led to disharmony in the squad.
He continued: "I have never heard of any player who has to leave [Real Madrid]. If a player has a contract, Madrid have always fulfilled it.
"It's a personal decision, I can not do anything else. If we had accepted these demands it would have produced an unfairness that would jeopardize the stability of the club."
Manchester United deal
Di Maria instead joined Manchester United where Louis van Gaal forked out almost £60 million in transfer fees. The player will also earn a basic wage of £180,000-a-week over his five-year contract, taking the overall investment up and over the £100 million mark.
Manchester United appeared to be the only club able to afford his wage demands after PSG were forced to pull out over financial restrictions. As Perez claims, that was also a major a concern for Real Madrid.
Perez says that Rodriguez was brought in from Monaco as a direct result of the failed talks with Di Maria. The president said Rodriguez represents a better alternative to Di Maria as they were able to recoup so much money through his sale.
He said: "Di Maria went to Manchester United, which gave us a fair amount [of money] and we considered that the operation was done. We signed Rodriguez, one of the best in the world and the Golden Boot winner.