Real Madrid boss Carlo Ancelotti has revealed that Angel di Maria was allowed to leave to join Manchester United after his demands over a pay rise were turned down.
The Argentinian international became the most expensive player in British football history when he joined the Red Devils for £59.7 million from Madrid following a summer of speculation about his future.
Di Maria was heavily linked with a switch to Paris Saint-Germain before he headed towards Old Trafford during the summer window, and he's certainly adapted to life well in the Premier League. So far he's already got three goals and three assists in his first five league games for the club, making him the club's joint top scorer alongside Wayne Rooney.
However it could have all been very different if Real Madrid had decided to give into his wage demands. Di Maris is said to earn around £180,000-per-week at Manchester United, a sizeable amount but relatively smallReal compared to the £235,000-per-week Radamel Falcao reportedly takes home.
Now Ancelotti has confirmed the reasons behind Di Maria - who was Madrid's leading assist provider last term - leaving, claiming that his wage demands meant he had no choice but to let him go.
"I was in agreement with the club," he told reporters today. "There are times when the club needs to say no. You can’t change the policies of the club for one player. Di maria asked for a lot of money and preferred to leave to go find it.
"The club couldn’t give him the money he wanted. They say that I’m the manager of the club; of course, I coach for the club, not for the players."
Real Madrid's loss appears to be Manchester United's gain, and Di Maria will be vital if they are to gain qualification for the Champions League once more this season. A slow start under new boss Louis van Gaal meat they were without a win on their first five league games but they now appear to have turned a corner.
A win against West Ham was followed up by a tight victory against Everton at Old Trafford before the international break - which moved them up to fourth place in the Premier League.
Along with DI Maria, Manchester United snapped up five other players for a total of around £150 million, with more expected to be spent in January.