Angel di Maria says being linked with transfer to Tottenham 'hurt'
The Real Madrid forward was linked with a switch to White Hart Lane last summer
Angel di Maria has told that talk of a transfer to Tottenham "hurt".
The Real Madrid forward was linked with a switch to White Hart Lane last summer amid the £86m deal for Gareth Bale in the other direction.
However, despite much talk as the two clubs experienced a summer of transition, the Argentina international remained at the Bernabeu and flourished during a campaign that ended with victory in the Champions League final.
Di Maria has now opened up about the situation last summer and the talk of a move to Spurs.
“It hurts when you’re always doing your best for your club and then you hear that you might be going to Tottenham," he told Marca.
“I spoke with the manager last summer. I wanted to stay and he wanted me to stay as well. He told me that he counted on me and it was up to me from then on.
“I have grown a lot under Ancelotti," he continued. "He got the best out of me. Things have gone well and I made the right decision to stay.”
With Real Madrid reportedly interested in signing Luis Suarez this summer, talk of a possible exit for Di Maria is likely to resurface again this summer. However, the 26-year-old who made 46 appearances under Carlo Ancelotti last season, says he is keen to stay despite being aware Real Madrid could opt to sell him.
“I am not going to lie, I know that there are clubs that want to sign me and can match Real Madrid’s demands.”
“But that’s up to my representatives and the club. I will stay if the club wants me to stay.
“I am not thinking about my future now. We will see what Madrid have in mind, whether they want me to stay or leave.
“I am happy at Madrid. I had a great season and always had everybody’s support. But sometimes you don’t have a choice, even when you want to stay yourself.”
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