Manchester United fan favourite Cristiano Ronaldo has voiced his concerns over Real Madrid’s decision to allow former team-mate Angel di Maria to move to Old Trafford.
According to the Manchester Evening News, citing an interview the player had with Spanish newspaper Marca, Ronaldo has already offered his thoughts on the £59.7 million transfer which saw Di Maria become United’s most expensive purchase ever, and his comments don’t bode well if you’re Carlo Ancelotti or Florentino Perez.
The Portuguese forward, who has established himself as one of the greatest players on the planet since making his mega-money move to Madrid in 2009, has made it abundantly clear that he wasn’t onboard with the decisions to get rid of either Di Maria or Xabi Alonso - who moved to Bayern Munich - perhaps highlighting a growing discontent in the Los Blancos squad.
A number of players, Ronaldo included, expressed annoyance over Madrid’s decision to sell Mesut Ozil to Arsenal on deadline day last summer, with that particular deal somewhat forced upon Ancelotti after the arrival of Gareth Bale.
And, despite the fact that Ronaldo won the Champions League for the second time in his career last campaign - ironically thanks to a man of the match performance by Di Maria in the final - tensions remain high at the Santiago Bernabeu.
“I have strong opinions but I can’t always say what I think,” the 29-year-old said.
“Otherwise it would be on the front page and I don’t want that.
“But if it was up to me, I wouldn’t have done so.
“But if the president thinks the best thing for the team is to sign players and let others leave, we must respect and support the decision.
“With new players the style will change and it may change for better or worse.”
Di Maria’s move
In truth the transfer of Di Maria seemed a foregone conclusion as the last few weeks of the window loomed large.
The expensive acquisition of James Rodriguez from Monaco left Madrid once more needing to balance their books, and with the Argentina international never having really seen eye to eye with the powers that be at Madrid, plus being possessive of a hefty sell-on value, he remained close to the exit door.
The question remained though as to where it would be that he ended up, with both United and Paris Saint-Germain hot on his heels for the majority of the summer. The Ligue 1 champions, who couldn’t use their financial muscle due to sanctions in place from the Financial Fair Play rules, were said to be aiming to construct a loan move, with their Champions League status believed to be set to win them the day.
However Van Gaal prevailed and engineered one of the most unlikely transfers of the window, leaving PSG to rue what might have been, and Ronaldo to vent his frustrations over Madrid’s insistence that there’s always bigger and better players to be found.