Real Madrid forward Angel Di Maria denies making an offensive gesture to the club fans during the 3-0 La Liga win over Celta Vigo at the Santiago Bernabeu stadium on Monday, reports ESPN.
The Argentina international also claimed that the Spanish media are trying to force him out of the club via erroneous allegations - but he insists he wants to stay.
TV pictures appeared to show Di Maria reacting to being substituted with an hour gone while the game was at 0-0; by grabbing his crotch.
The image of the reaction was repeatedly shown as it was immediately circulated online; but Di Maria claimed afterwards that the image had been taken out of context.
“There was nothing towards anyone,” Di Maria told FOX sport radio.
“I was adjusting myself and I kept running. If I was angry I would not have shook hands with anyone. I left the pitch totally naturally. People are always waiting for me to do something.
“I have never had problems with the fans. I felt that half were applauding and half were whistling. I always need to clear up what I do. With everyone else there is no problem, but with me all hell is raised up. My family were in the stadium -- I am not going to make that gesture with them there.”
However, there are recent speculation that the winger might soon leave the Spanish capital, but Marca quoted the Argentina international telling Radio la Red in his homeland that it was Spanish media, not Perez or his own people, who include Portuguese super-agent Jorge Mendes, who were really to blame for all the talk about his future.
“Maybe the press in Spain do not like me because I do not give interviews,” Di Maria said.
“They want to put me against the fans and the club. They are always waiting for me to do something so they can kill me. I love playing, helping the team, and not talking with the press. I am happy here. I have the support of my teammates and of the coach [Carlo] Ancelotti.”
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