Di Maria: I was close to Barca move

Angel Di Maria has admitted he came close to joining Barcelona this summer and his Real Madrid past would ‘have been nothing significant’.

The Argentine left the Bernabeu in 2014 and is currently playing for Paris Saint-Germain, with numerous reports in summer suggesting the Blaugrana would sign the 29-year-old.

“I was close to joining Barcelona…well, close and far away at the same time,” Di Maria told ESPN, in quotes carried by Diario Sport.

“It’s difficult to move to such a club and it was not completed, but life sometimes has surprises, you never know.

“The chance of going there wasn’t affected by the fact that I had already worn the white of Real Madrid. I might have been whistled at Camp Nou before, but it would have been nothing significant.

“Apart from Newell’s Old Boys, because I am a supporter of Rosario Central, I could play anywhere. And wherever I go, I will always give my maximum.”

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