Manchester United record signing Angel di Maria has denied that he plans to leave the club in the summer transfer window.
The Argentinian was signed last year in a deal worth a club-record £59.7 million and although he hit the ground running, Di Maria faded badly and eventually lost his place in the first team towards the end of the season.
The 27-year-old managed just three goals in the Premier League last season, with the last coming back in October.
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There has been some speculation that the former Real Madrid ace could be sold in the summer window, with Paris Saint-Germain - who were keen on him last year but couldn't come up with the cash because of Financial Fair Play regulations - suggested as a possible destination.
However Di Maria has moved to put an end to the speculation by insisting that he is happy at Old Trafford. The former Benfica man did admit that his first season in England hadn't gone to plan, but he has no intentions of giving up just yet.
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When quizzed over whether he would leave, he told Argentinian newspaper Ole: “No, because I’m not thinking like that. In Madrid there were times when I was whistled around the stadium but faced it and then it turned around. I like to deal with things.”
Di Maria also conceded that his family had a hard time settling in Manchester which didn't help his form off the pitch. They were the victims of an attempted robbery at their home in Cheshire just hours after Manchester United's 3-1 win against Leicester in January.
The Argentinian is currently away with his country at the Copa America in Chile, where Tata Martino's side face Colombia in the quarter-finals.
Di Maria's participation in the tournament will no doubt of concern to Manchester United boss Louis van Gaal after the winger conceded earlier this month that he struggled last season because of fatigue having helped Argentina to the World Cup final in Brazil.
“The Angel Di Maria from before the World Cup and after the World Cup changed so much because we gave everything we had on the pitch," he revealed.
It was always unlikely that Di Maria was going to be on the move this summer, but it's good to see him admitting his first season wasn't all plain sailing and that he intends to stick around to put things right.
He did look incredibly jaded at times last term and his touch let him down, but the Di Maria fans knew at Real Madrid was a genuine top 10 in the world talent. If he gets back to that next season he'll help take the Red Devils to the next level.
Can Di Maria really get back to his best under Louis van Gaal?
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