Di Maria: PSG move stopped by money problems

The Argentine was the subject of serious interest from the Ligue 1 champions, who were handed a fine and spending restriction for breaching Financial Fair Play regulations


Angel Di Maria has revealed that Paris Saint-Germain’s spending restrictions prevented him moving to France rather than Manchester United last summer.

Di Maria was the subject of significant interest from the Ligue 1 champions before eventually moving to Old Trafford in a British-record €75 million deal, and the Argentine has subsequently made an impressive start to his Premier League career.

PSG were fined €62m and issued with a spending restriction last summer for breaching Uefa’s Financial Fair Play regulations, and Di Maria believes this was the key reason why they had to pull out of the race to sign him – especially after they sanctioned a €50m move for Chelsea’s David Luiz.

“PSG, I think they had a money problem and they couldn’t buy players,” the Argentine said in an interview with Telefoot. “This is the main reason I didn’t go there. Playing in the French league would please a lot of players.

“Now I’m in the English league. But you never know, there is a lot of movement in football. You can never predict where you’re going to play.

“There were a lot of clubs interested in me. A lot, really. But Manchester United appeared and didn’t go away. They absolutely wanted me and it happened.”

Di Maria admits the possibility of moving to the French capital intrigued him, and has not ruled out the prospect of joining PSG in the future.

“It could have been a good experience for me to go to Paris,” he added. “I know I’m still young, perhaps I’ll go to PSG one day. I don’t know how it will all end.”

Real Madrid’s decision to sell Di Maria after an impressive season and decisive display in the Champions League final caused consternation among many, but the Argentine insists he is happy with the way things have worked out.

“It’s a different style of football here at Manchester United,” he continued. “I’m very happy. I don’t have regrets about leaving Real Madrid. I think I won everything I wanted with Real: La Liga, the Champions League and the Copa Del Rey.”