Angel Di Maria says he is “very happy” to be joining Paris St-Germain from Manchester United, a year after the Old Trafford club paid a British record £59.7m for him. The Argentina midfielder, 27, had a medical in Qatar on Tuesday ahead of his 63m euro (£44.3m) move. He later told beIN Sports: “I am very happy to join Paris St-Germain. They’re very important.” Neither club has yet confirmed that the player’s move has gone through. Aspetar, a specialist sports hospital in Doha, announced on its Twitter feed on Tuesday that the player was there “for a medical test ahead of a proposed move”. 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.”
Di Maria did not join United on their pre-season tour of America, and manager Louis van Gaal had said he “did not know why”. He scored four goals in 32 United appearances after joining from Real Madrid last August. The South American started his Old Trafford career well with a goal and an assist in three of his first four games, including a chip in the 5-3 defeat at Leicester. But after being played in six different positions, including central midfield and striker, a pelvic injury kept him out for the whole of December. Reports that he was unsettled in Manchester followed an attempted break-in at Di Maria’s home in Cheshire, in January. He was then sent off in the FA Cup quarter-final defeat by Arsenal on 9 March and did not start another game until the final match of the campaign at Hull, only to limp off with a hamstring injury after 23 minutes.