JUNE 1 (Sporting Alert) — Angel Di Maria has finally spoken about his future and it’s certainly good news for Manchester United fans.
The Argentina international, who moved to Old Trafford from Real Madrid last summer on a club and British record £59.7 million transfer fee, has been linked with an early exit away from the English Premier League club.
However, despite admitting that he struggled to adjust to a harder league than the Spanish La Liga, the World Cup star dismissed suggestions that he is looking for an exit from Manchester United.
“It was a hard season for me,” Di Maria told The Sun. “I think it was hard because it was another country and another league, and this league is harder than the Spanish one.
“So, I couldn’t adapt myself as I wanted to.
“Now I will play the Copa America and then I will move back to Manchester for next season and do my best there.”
Di Maria has been linked with moves to French big spenders Paris Saint-Germain and German champions Bayern Munich after a less than productive debut season at Manchester United.
The 27-year-old attacking midfielder started the term brightly, but faded to mostly bench roles towards the end of the campaign because of injuries, which resulted in him being heavily criticized by the media and several pundits.
“La Liga and the Premier League are completely different,” he noted. “The Premier League is physically stronger.
“It was not easy at all. I ended playing few minutes. Under [manager Louis] Van Gaal I played in lots of positions until he decided to bench me.”
Nevertheless, despite the criticisms, Di Maria believed he had an OK first season with Manchester United.
“I think I did a good job, though. I finished second in assists and I scored some goals, so I definitely think I did well in my first season at Manchester United.”
There was never a doubt over whether the former Real Madrid star would stay at Old Trafford, as he is determined to prove himself in the English Premier League.
Argentina will play in Group B of the Copa America alongside Jamaica, Uruguay and Paraguay.
The first game of the tournament in June 11.