Manchester United's club-record signing Angel di Maria is adamant that he has no regrets over deciding to leave Real Madrid, but did let slip in an interview with Telefoot that he would have jumped at the chance to play for Paris Saint-Germain.
Di Maria was linked with both Man Untied and PSG almost as soon as Real Madrid sealed a summer deal for Word Cup sensation James Rodriguez, with the Argentine winger effectively left with no choice but to look for a blockbuster summer switch in search of a star role elsewhere.
The looming threat of UEFA sanctions under Financial Fair Play rules effectively ruled PSG out of the race and allowed United to seal a stunning £59.7 million transfer before the window slammed shut, but Di Maria has risked irking Red Devils fans by admitting a move to the French capital was definitely a viable option.
Madrid exit doesn't play on Di Maria's mind
Telefoot decided to release a choice snipper of an exclusive interview with Di Maria this evening, ahead of it's full publication on Sunday.
Di Maria discusses the circumstances surrounding his Madrid exit in that piece, but until then the snipper has made it very clear French football was a serious alternative to Old Trafford and the Premier League.
Paris move didn't quite materialise
When quizzed about his big summer move and rumours of PSG interest the 26-year-old said: "I have no regrets about leaving the Real Madrid.
"Paris, it would have been a great experience…It would please a lot of players to play at a French club."
United fans won't care if Di Maria delivers
Red Devils supporters and manager Louis van Gaal aren't lucky to pay too much attention to kind words about PSG from their star man in the French media, as long as Di Maria delivers on the pitch.
Van Gaal was openly critical of Di Maria's tendency to dribble rather than pick out a pass in the final third following last weekend's 1-0 win over Crystal Palace, likely a gentle reminder to an immensely talented player that the pressure is on to play far better.
United fans would probably concur and in truth are still waiting to see the very best of a playmaker who picks up a reported £280,000-a-week salary to light up the Theatre of Dreams, but there's plenty of time to change that stance and make this rather ill-timed interview a distant memory.
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