The Argentine playmaker felt ‘betrayed’ after believing the club had misled him over his future as he now leaves the French capital on a free transfer.
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Angel di Maria has confirmed his departure from Paris Saint-Germain as he leaves the club as a free agent at the end of his contract.
The Argentine enjoyed strong attacking numbers in the French capital during his seven-year spell, having joined Manchester United in 2015. Di Maria made 294 appearances for Les Parisiens, scoring 92 goals and creating 118 direct assists during his stay – the latter including a club record for a player.
Earlier this week, a report in the well-documented Le Parisien claimed the 34-year-old ended his spell at the French champions on a sour note. It’s claimed he feels ‘betrayed’ by the club, where he couldn’t agree to a new contract.
Di Maria has won 14 major trophies at the club, including five league titles, but would feel aggrieved that PSG gave him the impression that he would extend his current contract for a current year. However, the Ligue 1 champions did not choose this option and the Argentinian international is now ready to seek new pastures.
The playmaker is expected to be in advanced talks with Juventus before joining the club on a free transfer, although he is likely to demand a generous salary package and signing fee. Although he is now 34, Di Maria is capable of operating at the highest level.
He’s been used in 30 matches this campaign by Mauricio Pochettino and started the first leg of his side’s Champions League Round of 16 first-leg victory over Real Madrid – his former club. However, the arrival of Lionel Messi last summer – coupled with the prominence of Kylian Mbappe and Neymar – meant he was no longer a regular starter in a three-man attack. Di Maria has now posted a goodbye message to his teammates, simply saying, “Thank you” on an Instagram post.
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Di Maria scored 82 goals in his first five seasons in the French capital and although his goalscoring tally has fallen since the 2020-21 campaign, he has remained a prominent member of the squad. His move to the Parc des Princes had been seen as a significant success after his difficult campaign at United.
The Argentine had played a leading role in Real Madrid’s Champions League title win in 2014 – being named Man of the Match in the final win over Atletico Madrid – before joining United, where he didn’t was ever installed under the boss at the time, Louis van Gaal. Di Maria scored four goals in 32 appearances for the club before leaving after less than a year.
Di Maria scored 177 goals in his senior career in 803 appearances, including 24 times in 121 appearances for Argentina.