Real Madrid president Florentino Perez has revealed that there was no chance Angel Di Maria could have stayed at the Santiago Bernabeu past this summer, as it wasn’t economically viable.
Despite being crowned European champions last term Los Blancos were once again active in the summer transfer window, spending large amounts to capture the signatures of both Bayern Munich’s Toni Kroos and World Cup sensation James Rodriguez.
As such Madrid opted to part ways with Angel Di Maria, much to the frustration of the fans and a number of first-team players. The Argentina international was impeccable last term and was voted man of the match for the Champions League final win over city rivals Atletico.
Di Maria’s sale
However rumours of the player not seeing eye-to-eye for Perez were rife, and may have played some part in the Madrid chief’s decision to consent to selling him to Manchester United for £59.7 million. Since making his switch Di Maria was made an instant impact in England, prompting many to question why his former side were willing to let him go.
Perez however has defended his actions, claiming that the club were left with no choice. According to Spanish newspaper Mundo Deportivo, he said: “[Di Maria had wage demands we could not comply with if we wanted to maintain economic stability. Reaching an agreement was impossible."
Balancing the books
Given the fact that Kroos cost Madrid £24 million and Rodriguez somewhere in the region of £60 million, only a year after Gareth Bale arrived for a stunning £85 million, it was always going to be the case that the La Liga giants had to sell a top player.
The recently introduced Financial Fair Play rules have limited big-spending clubs such as Paris Saint-Germain and Manchester City with regards to what they can record as a financial outlay, and Madrid will be wary of incurring such sanctions should they ignore the restrictions in place.
The Di Maria backlash
Nevertheless Perez has been forced to fend off plenty of criticism over his decision to make Di Maria the man who was a casualty of the summer arrivals. It’s said that Cristiano Ronaldo was deeply upset by the transfer, having already sought an audience with Perez and explained that he thought the winger should stay.
It’s even been reported by some papers as having been a defining moment in Ronaldo’s career at Madrid, with the Portuguese superstar said to be ready to entertain the idea of following Di Maria to United, as he feels unsettled in the Spanish capital. Though the Argentine’s exit isn’t the only reason it must have played a big part, and so Perez may well end up regretting it before too long.