David Luiz could not retain his excitement when asked about Angel di Maria's imminent move to Paris Saint-Germain, essentially confirming that the Ligue 1 club had agreed a transfer deal with Manchester United.
The Argentinian winger seems certain to leave the Red Devils this summer after failing to report for pre-season training last Saturday. Shortly after going AWOL, PSG boss Laurent Blanc admitted there was a good chance he would move to Parc des Princes.
Di Maria has struggled to adapt to life in the Premier League since joining from Real Madrid last summer. He cost United a British record £59.7m, but would soon find himself playing second fiddle to a rejuvenated Ashley Young.
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His wife and child are also thought to be struggling to adapt to life in the north of England and are determined to leave for the brighter lights of Paris. His growing discontent was evident towards the end of the season as his ability to perform on the pitch completely disappeared.
Having failed to impress during his debut season at Old Trafford, few Manchester United fans will shed a tear when Di Maria finally leaves, but Luiz is certain the 27-year-old is still one of the best wingers in the world and is looking forward to his arrival.
"We want to win the Champions League and of course Di Maria is a player that can help us go up another step"
'I love him'
"We want to win the Champions League and of course Di Maria is a player that can help us go up another step," the Brazilian told reporters.
"Di Maria is one of the top three wingers in the world. He's fast, technical, he plays for the team, he knows how to play as an individual, how to pass, how to score.
"Sometimes you can not have luck in one place but he is still a fantastic player. I know him from Benfica; we played with each other when we were very young.
"He will love playing in the French league just like I do. He is my friend and I love him."
No place like Paris
For Di Maria, a move to Paris will bring an end to a debacle that started well over a year ago. It was widely reported that the winger preferred a move to Paris over Manchester, but was left with little other option to join United when FFP brought PSG's hopes of signing him to an end.
However, Michel Platini's decision to loosen the financial strains has finally given PSG the chance to sign him. Better yet, they will get him for significantly cheaper than they would have done last year with the fee agreed between the two clubs believed to be around the £46m mark.
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