Angel di Maria has revealed that a phone call from Paris Saint-Germain boss Laurent Blanc during the summer convinced him to leave Manchester United for the French champions.
The Argentina international left Old Trafford less than 12 months after his record-breaking £59.7 million move from Real Madrid after failing to settle in England.
He was due to link up with the Red Devils for the last leg of their pre-season tour of the United States following the conclusion of the Copa America in Chile, but had already made up his mind to join PSG by then following his conversation with Blanc.
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"The first time we spoke, it was before I signed for PSG,” Blanc was quoted as telling beIN Sports by the Manchester Evening News. “This made me very happy.
"It happened the same way when Mourinho made me come to Real Madrid. They called me before I spoke with them. Blanc called me when he was in the United States and I was still on holiday.
"He said he was very happy to recruit me, that he had wanted me for several seasons. Obviously, this gave me an added incentive to sign for PSG."
LvG failed to get the best out of Di Maria
Di Maria has rediscovered his form and confidence since signing for PSG, who lead the Ligue 1 table by 17 points, in the summer.
The South American provided a hat-trick of assists in PSG’s 5-1 win over Lyon on Sunday night - taking his tally to nine for the season - and has found the back of the net on seven occasions in Ligue 1 and the Champions League.
Louis van Gaal must take responsibility for failing to get the best out of Di Maria, a world-class player at his best, last season.
However, an attempted break-in at his rented house in England at the beginning of 2015 clearly had a detrimental effect on the versatile winger, whose family were reportedly traumatised by the incident.
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