PARIS: French champions Paris Saint-Germain have formally confirmed having signed Angel Di Maria for £45m from Manchester United. The Argentinian has agreed a four-year contract.
Earlier this week, he went to Doha to undergo his medical examination before flying to Paris, on Wednesday, to complete his transfer to the club,” said a PSG statement.
Di Maria, who was the man of the match in the 2014 Champions League final when Real beat Atletico Madrid 4-1, said: “I am very proud, and can’t wait to wear the colours of Paris Saint-Germain. I want to win every competition we enter, both in France and in Europe.
“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 Saint-Germain.”
Before joining United in the summer of 2014, Di Maria lifted with Real Madrid the trophy of the UEFA Champions League, in which he shone in the final against Atletico Madrid.
“We are very proud that Angel Di Maria has chosen Paris Saint-Germain,” commented PSG president Nasser Al Khelaifi. “He is an incredibly talented player, with a frightening speed and ability to beat opposition players.”
“He adds his name to the club’s strong South American community and, above all, the big Paris Saint-Germain family. By signing Angel Di Maria, Paris Saint-Germain is once again showing the club’s constant ambition to reach the summits of the European game,” added the Qatari.
Di Maria will be presented the PSG fans at Parc des Princes on August 16 before the first home game of Ligue 1 new season when PSG host promoted Ajaccio.
The Argentinian international, who has earned 66 caps for his national team scoring 15 goals, joined Manchester United from Real Madrid for a British record £59.7m a year ago but failed to win a regular starting position at Old Trafford under coach Louis van Gaal.
He only started one of the final 10 games of last season after having only scored four goals in 32 games of all competitions for United, and netted the last of his three league goals in October.