Angel Di Maria says he is happy that when they tried to buy him from Paris Saint-Germain three years ago they did not join Barcelona.
The Argentine winger joined Manchester United’s PSG in 2015 but was linked to the Spanish outfit after Neymar moved in a world-record deal in the opposite direction in 2017.
After they attempted to sign Di Maria failed, the Catalan side ended up signing Ousmane Dembele from Borussia Dortmund and the former Real Madrid attacker is happy the club agreed not to sell him.
“I was very happy in Paris, but there were some things people at the club told me at the time that turned out to be lies at the end. Barca tried to get me to come. It’s been discussed by the two clubs, but PSG didn’t want to sell me and ended up there. This lies irritated me a lot but, in the end, it was a good thing not to leave because I am really happy today in Paris.,” he told L’Equipe.
The contract with the 32-year-old expires in 2021, but he suggested he would extend his deal as he would like to see the rest of his career with PSG.
Di Maria has won four consecutive Ligue 1 titles, three times each during his time with PSG as well as the Coupe de France and Coupe de la Ligue.
During his time at Real Madrid, his Champions League triumph came but he hopes to win the European crown with his new side before he leaves.