Manchester United midfielder Marouane Fellaini has rubbished previous comments attributed to him that intimated Angel di Maria should join Paris Saint-Germain this summer, after claiming he has been misquoted by French television programme Telefoot.
The Belgium international took to social media last night to clarify his position following reports that emerged on Sunday morning suggesting his Red Devils team-mate would be better leaving Old Trafford after just one season and taking on a new challenge with the Ligue 1 champions.
Di Maria had already been heavily linked with a swift departure from the Theatre of Dreams as a result of his underwhelming debut campaign in the Premier League, less than 12 months after Louis van Gaal paid Real Madrid a club-record £59.7 million for his signature.
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And, rumours gathered pace that PSG could be the Argentine's next destination following Fellaini's alleged statement that Parc des Princes would be a good place for him to play.
However, the former Everton man has categorically denied saying that, adding that his response when questioned about the 27-year-old is not accurately reflected by the printed quotes.
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Manchester United supporters will be pleased to see Fellaini fighting back and defending himself, particularly if they are hoping Di Maria is retained as part of Van Gaal's first-team squad next season.
There's no getting away from the fact that the 2014 World Cup finalist has performed disappointingly - especially in the second half of 2014/15 - but he remains one of the world's most gifted attacking talents and could still play an important part in the team next term.
After Manchester United secured a top four finish and booked their place in next season's Champions League qualifying round, there is at least a little incentive for Di Maria to stay put.
As for Fellaini, he's enjoyed a much more productive campaign under the tutelage of the veteran Dutch coach, and has gone some way towards justifying the £27.5 million that David Moyes paid for his services and the £90,000-a-week wages he earns at Old Trafford.
Manchester United fans: Do you think Angel di Maria will still be a Red Devils player next season? Do you believe Marouane Fellaini's claim he was misquoted by the French media? Share your thoughts below...
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