Angel Di Maria becomes a Madridista!!
Real Madrid released a statement on its website that read as follows:
Real Madrid C. F. and S. L. Benfica have come to terms for the transfer of Angel di Maria. The player will sign a six year contract with Real Madrid C.F.
This comes as a confirmation of a move that had been on the cards right from the moment the transfer window reopened and the fee is reported to be in the range of €25million (£20.3million).
Di Maria is currently playing in the World Cup with Argentina, who have reached the quarter-finals of the competition. The 22-year-old won the double with Benfica last season and was named the league’s player of the year. He started his career with Rosario Central in Argentina before moving to Benfica in 2007 and is viewed as one of Europe’s finest young talents. Speaking about his move, Di Maria said:
It is an honour to know that Jose Mourinho wants to sign me. It will be very nice to play in the same team as Cristiano Ronaldo and many other stars, but for now I’m focused on the Argentina team.
Di Maria who had been linked to a number of top European clubs after catching the eye for Portuguese outfit Benfica in the Europa League last season, becomes manager Jose Mourinho’s first signing since taking charge. Mourinho’s first signing as Chelsea manager was Portuguese full-back Paulo Ferreira, while his first major capture at Inter was another compatriot – Ricardo Quaresma. Both Ferreira and Quaresma were flops at their respective clubs. Let us hope that Di Maria isn’t one such signing.
Para Siempre Blanco!