Angel Di Maria has completed his much anticipated move to Paris St Germain by signing a four-year contract with the French outfit. He has undergone a medical in Doha and is expected to join up with his new teammates as they prepare to defend a whole host of trophies won last season. Di Maria was a shadow of his former self in the second half of last season. He looked like the true world-class player who would take United back to the top of the Premier League. However, on and off the field issues have now forced United to sell him at a £15 million loss.
It is rumoured that the player’s contract with the French giants will net him a whopping £170,000 per week after the enormous French taxes. It is a massive jump over his reported £180,000 per week contract at United. However, this move appears to have more motives than just money.
The former Real Madrid winger was signed for £59.5 million. His poor form meant that manager Louis van Gaal started him in just one match since March. More importantly, Van Gaal’s decision to use Di Maria in a number of positions ranging from striker to left wingback might have had a role to play in forcing the exit. At PSG, Di Maria will be joining up with a number of world-class players with huge egos. Zlatan Ibrahimovic, Edinson Cavani, and Lucas are some of the new teammates of the 27-year-old. Di Maria said:
“I am very proud and I can’t wait to wear the colours of Paris St-Germain. I want to win the Champions League, which is a dream for all footballers, for a second time.
“We will do everything we can to bring Europe’s biggest trophy to France and the fans of Paris St-Germain.”
After dominating the French league ever since the massive financial influx provided by the Middle East owners, the club will be hoping for the same in the Champions League as well. They may not have reached the latter stages of the competition yet, but PSG go into the 2015-16 European campaign as one of the favourites following the signings in the summer. UEFA modifying the Financial Fair Play regulations means that PSG will be able to carry on with their spending spree without having to worry about making losses since the owners have displayed their commitment. PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi on the club’s new signing:
“We are very proud that Angel Di Maria has chosen Paris Saint-Germain. He is an incredibly talented player, with a frightening speed and ability to beat opposition players.”
Manchester United wished their former player success in his future endeavours. Di Maria’s position at United is likely to be taken up by Juan Mata, who was much more consistent last season. The Spaniard himself cost an astronomical £37 million from Chelsea just six months prior to Di Maria’s arrival.