By Manchester correspondent Alex Stevens
Angel di Maria has admitted that he had “problems” with Manchester United officials during his ill-fated season in England.
The Argentina international also revealed that he made his mind up to leave Old Trafford following the robbery at his home last winter.
Di Maria, who moved to Paris Saint-German in the summer, gave a wide-ranging interview to Marca about a rollercoaster 18 months his career.
Speaking about his experience at United, Di Maria said: “I started very well. Then I had problems with people in the club, I started going to the bench, this happens in football.
“After the robbery at my house, everything made me want to leave there quickly.”
The 27-year-old heads back to former club Real Madrid next week in their Champions League clash against PSG for the first time since leaving Los Blancos in the summer of 2014.
“My intention was always to stay at Real Madrid,” Di Maria told Marca of his exit. “I do not know much about what happened as these are more things for representatives.
“These things happen in football. I left Madrid but I had the most beautiful last ovation from the Bernabeu and with that I remain calm.”
Di Maria suggested that the decision about his future was out of his hands, but insisted that reports about his demands in the aftermath of the club’s Champions League victory were not accurate.
“They always wanted to attribute a desire to leave the club, but it was not true,” he added. “The only thing I asked for is something that was fair. There are many things that I value and many of them have nothing to do with my salary.
“After winning La Decima I went to the World Cup with the hope of receiving the nod from the directors, which never came. Many things and many lies were spoken.
“I didn’t have much of a relationship with [Madrid president] Florentino Perez. This is a president who does what he has to do in his work. When I signed, I signed and when I had to go, I went.”