Angel Di Maria has left the idea of him moving to Ligue 1 at some stage of his career open to interpretation, after admitting at the Ballon d’Or that he didn’t know whether or not it was possible.
As relayed by French newspaper Le 10 Sport Di Maria, who is a long term target of European heavyweights Paris Saint-Germain, insisted that he wasn't sure if he would play football across the channel before hanging up his boots, though made it known that he was loving life in Manchester.
A move possible?
Louis van Gaal paid almost £60 million in the summer to take the Argentina star to Old Trafford from Real Madrid, and all in all the winger has lived up to his billing as one of the most exciting players in world football.
Though recent form hasn’t been as impressive as many fans would like Di Maria remains a dangerous threat, and he’s certainly someone Van Gaal would be looking to build his new team around.
Yet the interest from Laurent Blanc, and the mega-rich owners at PSG, refuses to go away, with Di Maria offering an intriguing take on the prospect when quizzed on the notion last night.
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Di Maria thoughts
"Moving one day to Ligue 1? I do not know. I am very much in Manchester now. I am very happy, people welcomed me very well. But we do not know what may happen one day," the ex-Galactico explained.
"Moving one day to Ligue 1? I do not know. I am very much in Manchester now. I am very happy, people welcomed me very well. But we do not know what may happen one day"
The 26-year-old, who was named in FIFA’s World Team of the Year at the Ballon d’Or gala in Zurich, was heavily linked with the Parc des Princes prior to making his United move, only for the Ligue 1 champions to be stifled at the last minute by the Financial Fair Play rules.
Their decision to capture David Luiz from Chelsea in a £50 million deal before the World Cup left them unable to spend more money unless they offloaded one of their own superstars, and in the end the more cautious approach won the day.
That doesn’t mean their advances have been pushed out of the picture for good however, and as chiefs at PSG look to expand the idea that they would break records to sign someone like Di Maria becomes more and more feasible.
It’s said that highly-rated forward Edinson Cavani has no future in France meaning he could be available for transfer, and the sort of money he would raise for the club would certainly soften the blow felt by what it take to land Di Maria, who earns £280,000-a-week in wages.