Angel di Maria seals record transfer to Manchester United

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Manchester United have completed the signing of Real Madrid winger Angel Di Maria for a fee of £59.7 million.

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Five-year deal

Di Maria, 26, completed a medical on Tuesday, with the signing being confirmed later that evening and has signed a five-year deal with the Old Trafford club.

Di Maria had the following to say about signing for one of the biggest clubs in world football, Manchester United: “I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.”

The fee of becomes the record for the amount of money a British club has spent on a footballer. The previous record fee was £50 million which brought Spanish striker Fernando Torres to Chelsea from league rivals Liverpool.

Manchester United manager Louis van Gaal was full of praise of Di Maria, calling him a “world-class midfielder” along with stating that “most importantly he is a team player.”

Mutual respect

Van Gaal continued to say: "He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team."

Di Maria returned the praise to Van Gaal: "Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top – where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started."

Di Maria becomes United’s fourth signing of this summer transfer window. Earlier on in the window United signed Di Maria’s fellow Argentina team-mate Marcos Rojo from Sporting Lisbon, along with Spanish international Ander Herrera from Athletic Bilbao and Southampton full-back Luke Shaw.

No doubt the signing of Di Maria from Real Madrid will bring a renewed sense of optimism to the United faithful, who have seen their team pick up only one point from two games so far this season.

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