Angel Di Maria offered better salary at Manchester United, says father

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Angel Di Maria was offered a much bigger salary by Manchester United than Real Madrid, according to the player's father.

As first reported by Marca and carried by Le 10 Sport, Angel Di Maria's father looked to set the record straight after comments made by the new Manchester United player.

After joining the Old Trafford club for a British transfer record fee believed to be in the region of £60m, Di Maria said it was 'never his desire to leave Real Madrid.'

"I must say clearly that it was never my desire…after winning the Decima [to leave]. I went to the World Cup with the hope of receiving a gesture from management," Di Maria said.

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Fallout from the transfer

Following that, reports in Spain claimed to have texts from Di Maria's agent that called Real Madrid's offer of a new contract 'disrespectful' after the Bernabeu club reportedly offered the Argentina international €6m a season to stay.

But this is something that Di Maria's dad denies.

"My son was never appreciated [at Madrid], he said. "It was like they did not want him at the club, they never showed affection.

"Real Madrid never offered a €6m a season salary to my son. The last proposal was €5m, which represented only a million and a half more than the salary he was receiving.

"Now Angel is happy at Manchester United. Economically, he is being treated better than at Real Madrid. Real Madrid have lost a key player."

Manchester United's purchase of Di Maria took their summer spending above the £110m mark, and Louis Van Gaal is expected to strengthen again before the close of the window next week.

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Other targets

Juventus midfielder Arturo Vidal remains a top target, and the Chilean's agent was reportedly in Manchester on Tuesday to negotiate a deal with the 2012 Premier League champions.

Ajax defender Daley Blind is another contender as Van Gaal seeks to reinforce a defence that has looked decidedly shaky in the club's opening three competitive games of the season.

United are still without a win, and have actually suffered two humiliating defeats. Van Gaal's side opened the season with a 2-1 home loss to Swansea, before drawing at the Stadium of Light against Sunderland.

But the worst defeat was the most recent, as a second string starting lineup were destroyed 4-0 by League One side MK Dons in the Capital One Cup.

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