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Saturday 3 December 2016

Angel di Maria happy to be joining 'important' PSG after Man United nightmare

Argentinian football player Angel Di Maria ((L) HO/AFP/Getty Images
Argentinian football player Angel Di Maria ((L) HO/AFP/Getty Images

Angel di Maria's move from Manchester United to Paris St Germain appears done after the Argentina winger underwent a medical in Doha and expressed his happiness at the proposed switch.

The Aspetar sports hospital in Qatar posted pictures on Twitter of Di Maria ahead of his medical.

The 27-year-old was given permission to fly to Qatar for talks with PSG officials after United agreed a 63million euro (£44.3million) fee with the French champions for the midfielder.

Neither club has announced the deal but speaking to beIN Sports, Di Maria said: "I am very happy to join Paris Saint-Germain.

"What I know about PSG is that they are a team who have won all possible titles in France last season. They're very important."

United signed Di Maria from Real Madrid for £59.7million last summer, but after an encouraging start his form dipped drastically and he only started one of the final 10 games of last season.

The former Benfica winger was left unsettled after an attempted burglary on his Cheshire home in February.

Since then, Di Maria and his family have been living in a city-centre apartment in Manchester owned by former United defender Phil Neville.

Di Maria said as recently as June that he wanted to stay at United, but it became apparent that he had his heart set on a move to the French capital in the last couple of weeks.

The Argentinian was due to report for duty during the second leg of United's pre-season tour of the United States on July 25, but failed to show.

After United's 2-0 defeat to PSG in Chicago on Thursday, Laurent Blanc said both clubs were close to striking a deal for the player.

Angel Di Maria (R) arriving for a routine medical check at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha ahead of his transfer from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain
Angel Di Maria (R) arriving for a routine medical check at the Aspetar Orthopaedic and Sports Medicine Hospital in Doha ahead of his transfer from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain

Di Maria aims to help PSG establish themselves among Europe's elite, after Blanc's men exited in the Champions League quarter-finals in the past three seasons.

Di Maria added: "They made it to the quarter-finals of the Champions League, so my objective was to arrive to Paris and to help them through the quarter-final barrier, because they have struggled in the past two seasons.

"I will try to do the best I can to help the club in those objectives and reach the final stages of the Champions League."

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