Tuesday 26 August 2014
Manchester United have broken the British record transfer fee by completing the signing of midfielder Angel Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7 million.
The 26-year-old, who was part of the Argentina squad who reached this summer's FIFA World Cup final in Brazil, has signed a five-year contract and was keen to move to Old Trafford and work with new United manager Louis van Gaal.
"I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United," he told www.manutd.com. "I have thoroughly enjoyed my time in Spain and there were a lot of clubs interested in me, but United is the only club that I would have left Real Madrid for.
"He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player"
Louis van Gaal
"Louis van Gaal is a fantastic coach with a proven track record of success and I am impressed by the vision and determination everyone has to get this club back to the top - where it belongs. I now just cannot wait to get started."
Di Maria started his career at Rosario Central in Argentina before moving to Benfica in 2007. After three years in Portugal, Di Maria moved to Real Madrid where he won the La Liga title in 2012 and the UEFA Champions League in May this year.
"Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player," Van Gaal said. "There is no doubting his immense natural talent.
"He is a tremendously fast and incisive left-footed player who puts fear into the most accomplished defence. His dribbling skills and his ability to take on and beat opponents are a joy to watch. He is an excellent addition to the team."
Di Maria becomes Manchester United’s fifth signing of the summer, following the captures of Ander Herrera, Luke Shaw, Vanja Milinkovic and Marcos Rojo. United are still looking for their first win of the 2014/15 Barclays Premier League campaign and travel to newly promoted Burnley on Saturday.