Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria has moved to confirm that he was close to joining Barcelona in the summer.
The Argentine was expected to leave as both Kylian Mbappe and Neymar arrived at Parc des Princes, and a return to La Liga seemed on the cards.
Di Maria himself was ready to join the Catalan giants, but their reported €40 million proposal was rejected by the Saints.
“I was close and at the same time very far from reaching a deal with Barca,” Di Maria said. “I never lost hope over the chance. I was calm about it but it never happened.
“For sure, life takes many twists and turns and one never knows what the future might hold.”
Angel Di Maria continues to be linked with a move away from Parc des Princes, but he seems ready to fight for his place in the side.
Head coach Unai Emery has been satisfied with his contribution, meaning that Di Maria may wait until the summer before finally leaving the club.
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