Angel Di Maria pens open letter to Manchester United

After completing a £44.3 million (€63 million) move from United to PSG, Di Maria wrote an open letter on Spanish writer Guillem Balague’s official website. He apologised for his lack of success with the English giants.

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To Manchester United,

I write this note to thank all the Manchester United family for the great support received during the year I’ve been part of this club.

When Manchester United chose me as part of their team I felt extremely honoured because I knew what this club means and how it trusted me.

 Nevertheless, I’m aware things didn’t work as we all expected and believe me, I feel really sorry about it. However in the career of a football player sometimes the unexpected and unwanted may happen.

I can guarantee you it was not for trying. I did my best but football is not like maths: often a lot of things out of our control affect the way we feel and the way things turn out. I am sorry it did not work out as I would have wished in this amazing huge club.

I want to give special thanks to all the directors and management of Manchester United as well as to every member of the staff and colleagues as they gave me all their support. Also a special mention to all the fans who always trusted me and showed me their respect and love.

Now is time to move to PSG but the glorious Manchester United club will be forever in my memory.

Wish you all the best in the world.

With best regards,

Angel Di Maria.

Around the World in Snippets

Angel Di Maria has completed his move from Manchester United to Paris Saint-Germain and immediately set his sights on winning next season’s Champions League.

Meanwhile, Memphis Depay, 21, has told manager Louis van Gaal that he wants to succeed Angel Di Maria in the number seven jersey.

John Terry believes the Blues will be the first team in seven years to retain the Premier League title.

Newcastle captain, Fabricio Coloccini, proclaimed his love for the club after signing a new contract until 2017.

Tottenham’s Premier League preparations have suffered a setback after German authorities blocked their attempt to fly home early from the Audi Cup. Spurs are keen to make a move for QPR’s England striker Charlie Austin, 26, who would cost around £15m.

Sunderland have signed midfielder Yann M’Vila from Rubin Kazan on a season-long loan with the option of a permanent deal. But, Sunderland’s loan move for QPR midfielder Leroy Fer is off after the Netherlands player failed a medical.

Former Inter Milan midfielder Alessandro Cannataro, 20, says he is ‘evaluating’ offers from a host of Premier League clubs after completing a trial with Leicester City with Crystal Palace and Watford also interested.

Aston Villa have pulled out of a move for Tottenham striker Emmanuel Adebayor. Tim Sherwood has decided to cancel the deal despite the forward having already completed a medical and discussed personal terms.

Inter defender Danilo D’Ambrosio has turned down a move to West Ham. The Hammers had agreed a fee of £9m for the full-back but failed to agree personal terms with the player.

Former Liverpool and Senegal forward El Hadji Diouf, 34, who now plays for Malaysia’s Saba, has said he wants to enter politics when he retires from football.

Colombia’s attacking midfielder Juan Fernando Quintero, 22, is being tracked by Premier League newcomers Norwich City.

Ukraine striker Andriy Yarmolenko, 25, has told Dynamo Kiev’s chairman he will not renew his contract amid continued interest from Stoke.

Wolfsburg are looking for some defensive options for midfield – and are interested in Bayern’s Sebastian Rode who may be surplus to requirements in Bavaria after the arrival of Arturo Vidal.

Lyon have rejected a second bid from Tottenham for Clinton N’Jie. Mauricio Pochettino’s men offered £9m with manager Hubert Fournier valuing the forward at £15m.

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Premier League chief executive Richard Scudamore says he is not bothered whether rival managers shake hands, insisting that visible animosity is preferable to a staged display of friendship.

Manchester United have made another bid for Tottenham striker Harry Kane a couple of days ahead of the start of the new Premier League season.

Goalkeeper Victor Valdes, 33, was conspicuous by his absence as Manchester United players modelled their new training kit at Carrington on Wednesday.

Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere, 23, will have a scan on a suspected hairline fracture of his left fibula, amid fears he is set for another lengthy spell on the sidelines.

Real Madrid could be persuaded to part company with striker Karim Benzema, but Arsenal will need to break their transfer record and bid at least £45m for the 27-year-old Frenchman.

Asier Illarramendi has been told he does not have a place within the Real Madrid squad this season which could pave the way for the 25-year-old midfielder to move to Liverpool.

David De Gea’s popstar girlfriend Edurne Garcia, seems to have inadvertently confirmed the 24-year-old Manchester United goalkeeper’s transfer to Real Madrid.

Javier Hernandez has received a $10m million offer from an unknown MLS club, and has been given 24 hours to decide his future.

Arsenal striker Serge Gnabry will join West Brom on loan until January and an option to extend the deal until the end of the season.

Manchester City’s goal of the season award did not go to the likes of Aguero, Silva or Toure. Instead it has gone to England Women’s international Toni Duggan for her spectacular strike against Chelsea last year.

Manchester United trio Juan Mata, David de Gea and Ander Herrera were spotted having a stroll around the town of Altrincham on Wednesday on a break from training.

Liverpool’s Daniel Sturridge has posted a video of himself on Instagram running and kicking and heading a ball as he continues his comeback from injury.

Everton are in talks with Italian side Genoa over a move for French defender Sebastian De Maio. Genoa want €9 million (£6.2m) for the 28-year-old. Everton and Tottenham are monitoring Keisuke Honda who has asked to leave AC Milan.

Alexandre Lacazette is set to end speculation over his future by extending his Lyon contract in the coming days. Schalke are ready to sign Napoli’s Gokhan Inler for a fee of up to €6m (£4m). The deal is imminent.

International Champions Cup

Gonzalo Rodriguez's first-half goal was the difference as Fiorentina beat Premier League champions Chelsea 1-0 on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.
Gonzalo Rodriguez’s first-half goal was the difference as Fiorentina beat Premier League champions Chelsea 1-0 on Wednesday at Stamford Bridge.

Fiorentina beat Chelsea 1-0 in the final match of the International Champions Cup competition  after a goal from Gonzalo Rodriguez.

John Terry was the only certain regular to feature from the opening whistle for Jose Mourinho, while Kurt Zouma and Oscar also started. Ruben Loftus-Cheek was handed the start in midfield, while Monaco loanee Radamel Falcao began the match up front.

Around The World In Snippets

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  • Nigeria manager Sunday Oliseh visited Liverpool’s Melwood training ground on Wednesday in a bid to lure Jordon Ibe away from playing for England and instead committing to the Super Eagles.
  • Liverpool are understood to be in talks with Fiorentina over the transfer of striker Fabio Borini.
  • Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere’ latest injury is much worse than originally thought with the England international suffering a hairline fracture of the left fibula, which could rule him out for up to two months.
  • Angel Di Maria will be unveiled as a Paris Saint-Germain player on Thursday evening, the club have confirmed Tottenham are plotting a move for QPR striker Charlie Austin with Daniel Levy prepared to offer a loan player in return for the former Burnley forward.
  • City have been given a potential fitness worry ahead of the start of the Premier League as Sergio Aguero, Samir Nasri and David Silva were all sent home from training after suffering with a virus. All three missed the club’s annual awards ceremony, City Live, in an unwanted disruption to their build-up.
  • Yann M’Vila is reportedly at Sunderland for talks over a loan move but Leroy Fer is said to have failed his medical with the Black Cats.
  • Bakary Sako is having a medical at Crystal Palace ahead of sealing a move from Wolves. The midfielder has already agreed personal terms with Alan Pardew’s side.
  • Real Madrid defender Alvaro Arbeloa is considering a move to MLS. The defender is not expecting much game time at the Bernabeu due to Danilo’s arrival and competition from Dani Carvajal.
  • Roma have contacted Real Madrid about a loan move for full-back Fabio Coentrao. The Serie A side want a temporary deal with an option to buy.
  • Roma striker Tonny Sanabria is set to move to Real Betis in Spain.
  • Fluminense supremo Peter Siemsen has sanctioned the sale of 18-year-old attacking midfielder Gerson to Roma, though the player will stay in Brazil until January, when he will meet up with his new Serie A team-mates.
  • Benfica will battle Sporting Portugal for Greece international forward Kostas Mitroglou. The former Fulham striker is in advanced talks with Sporting but Benfica are trying to hijack the move.
  • Athletic Bilbao has been alerted to Asier Illarramendi’s unsettled situation at Real Madrid and are interested in him.

UEFA CHAMPIONS LEAGUE QUALIFIERS

Ajax vs Rapid Vienna
Ajax vs Rapid Vienna
  • Rapid Vienna, the lowest-ranked team in the non-champions section of the draw, advanced to the final qualifying round of the Champions League with a shock 3-2 win over Ajax in Amsterdam, a 5-4 aggregate victory.
  • The result means Sporting Lisbon will now be seeded into the playoff round draw in place of Ajax, alongside Manchester United, Valencia and Bayer Leverkusen. The final seed will be decided after Wednesday’s other qualifiers between Shakhtar Donetsk, CSKA Moscow and Lazio.
  • AS Monaco thrashed Young Boys 4-0, winning 7-1 on aggregate.
  • It was a thrilling 3-3 draw between Molde and Dinamo Zagreb played in Norway.Dinamo progressed on away goals rule as the game ended on a 4-4 aggregate score.
  • Away goals were needed in Cyprus too, as APOEL Nicosia went through despite losing 1-0 at home to FC Midtjylland.
  •    APOEL Nicosia 0 – 1 FC Midtjylland
  •    Molde 3 – 3 Dinamo Zagreb
  •     Ajax 2 – 3 Rapid Wien
  •     Monaco 4 – 0 Young Boys

Around The World In Snippets

  • Liverpool have confirmed that striker Christian Benteke has been handed the club’s iconic No 9 shirt ahead of the new season, worn previously by the likes of Ian Rush and Robbie Fowler.
  • Lazio have told Mario Balotelli’s agent they will take the 24-year-old Liverpool striker on loan this season – but only if they qualify for the group stages of the Champions League.
  • The Reds are braced to have to wait until deadline day before receiving realistic offers for their unwanted stars, such as Balotelli, striker Fabio Borini and left-back Jose Enrique.
  • Arsenal have joined the hunt for Real Madrid’s Russia international Denis Cheryshev. The Gunners are considering making an offer for the 24-year-old who is also interesting Villarreal where he spent last season on loan.
  • Bournemouth have signed St Etienne forward Max Gradel, subject to international clearance, on a four-year contract and for an undisclosed fee. Leicester have agreed a £3.1m fee with Napoli for midfielder Gokhan Inler. The Foxes will hold further talks with the midfielder who is reluctant to join Claudio Ranieri’s side.
  • Norwich manager Alex Neil has reignited his interest in striker Dieumerci Mbokani, 29, after Dynamo Kiev reduced their asking price by £2.5m to £8.5m.
  • A 42-year-old Aston Villa fan, Michael Cappuccitti, from Canada, will travel more than 4,000 miles to watch the Premier League team play Manchester United on Friday, 14 August and then donate his four season tickets to youngsters who cannot afford to attend games.
  • “Self-critical” Liverpool winger Jordon Ibe says he must be looking to contribute a goal or assist in every game he plays for the Reds.