Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti was angered by the departure of Angel di Maria, who completed a £59.7 million move to Manchester United in August, and wanted the Argentina international to stay at the Bernabeu.
This is according to former France international and Paris Saint-Germain boss Luis Fernandez, who told Spanish newspaper AS that Ancelotti did not approve Di Maria’s exit.
The 54-year-old revealed: “Ancelotti was not happy at all that he left Madrid and even less so when another his key players [Xabi Alonso] left [for Bayern Munich] as well."
Real Madrid paying the price?
He went on to add that Real Madrid, who have suffered their worst start to a La Liga campaign for nine years, are paying the price for allowing key players - including Di Maria and Xabi Alonso - to leave the Bernabeu this summer.
"[Real Madrid] have started off making errors [this season] but now they're on autopilot. Some important players left and it showed.
"I would have loved to see [Di Maria] at the Parc des Princes. He is a sensational footballer, as he showed at the World Cup.”
Di Maria settling in well at United
Di Maria is settling in well at Old Trafford, having scored two goals in his first four appearances for the 20-time English champions, including a magnificent chip against Leicester City earlier this month.
Real Madrid’s decision to sell Di Maria came as a huge surprise given his importance to Los Blancos.
The former Benfica star scored 11 goals and provided 23 assists in 52 appearances during his final season with the Spanish giants. He also produced a Man of the Match performance in the Champions League final against Atletico Madrid to help Real Madrid end their long wait for La Decima.
That he produced these extraordinary stats while playing in an unfamiliar central midfield role - a position in which he flourished and is currently playing in at Manchester United - made the feat even more impressive.
Can James and Kroos fill the void?
It also made Real Madrid’s decision to spend a cool £63 million on James Rodriguez and £20 million on Toni Kroos all the more confusing.
Both players are slowly adjusting to life at the Bernabeu, as Real Madrid attempt to recover from their poor start to the season.
Ancelotti’s side are currently fifth in La Liga, four points behind league-leaders Barcelona, who are yet to concede a single league goal so far this season.
Real Madrid host Barcelona in the first Clasico of the season next month - and the likes of James and Kroos will be under serious pressure to produce match-winning performances.