Angel Di Maria makes shocking World Cup revelation
Di Maria claims Real Madrid asked him to miss 2014 World Cup final
September 6th, 2014
Angel Di Maria has made it very clear that he didn’t want to leave Real Madrid recently, with the winger essentially being forced out of the Bernabeu and joining Manchester United for £60 million.
Di Maria was on target for Argentina during the 4-2 midweek victory against Germany while the player also stumped up a hat-trick of assists, although it appears that he was given a controversial request during the World Cup.
According to Di Maria, former club Real Madrid actually asked him to sit out the 2014 World Cup final, with a slight injury leading the Spanish club wanting to ensure that the player’s transfer potential wasn’t sacrificed.
“There was a letter from Madrid that arrived at 11 in the morning of the match day, we were due to play at 4 in the afternoon … was putting ice on my leg to be in the final,” Di María told Argentine radio station America on Friday.
“I tore up the letter as soon as it was given to me and didn’t take any notice of it, I didn’t care what might happen, but it was [the coach] Alejandro’s [Sabella] decision,” he said. “I didn’t want to make any demands of him but I also didn’t want to leave the team a man short five minutes from a very important match.
“I suffered a lot that morning, it was the worst thing that’s happened to me in my life in footballing [terms] because reaching another final is very difficult, not to say impossible,” María said.
“The letter was handed to[late Argentine FA president] Julio [Grondona] and he said if I wanted to play I should do so anyway. From what I understand it had something to do with insurance.“