Manchester United have confirmed the signing of Angel Di Maria on a five-year contract, for a fee of £59.7 million, a British transfer record.
Di Maria joined Real Madrid in 2010 for £36 million, whilst appearing 52 times for his national side Argentina, netting 10 goals for them. The 26-year-old said;
“I am absolutely delighted to be joining Manchester United. 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.
“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.”
New United manager Van Gaal said:
“Angel is a world-class midfielder but most importantly he is a team player. 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.”