Real Madrid forward Angel Di Maria has sensationally claimed that learning about a possible switch to Tottenham hurt him, according to the Independent.

The Argentina international was linked with a move to White Hart Lane after Real signed Spurs’ Gareth Bale for a world record £86million fee.

And the speculation surrounding a move away from the Bernabeu upset Di Maria, and he has hinted that he wouldn’t be interested in playing for Spurs.

He said: “It hurts when you’re always doing your best for your club and then you hear that you might be going to Tottenham.

“I spoke with the manager last summer. I wanted to stay and he wanted me to stay as well. He told me that he counted on me and it was up to me from then on.

“I have grown a lot under Ancelotti. He got the best out of me. Things have gone well and I made the right decision to stay.”

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Di Maria consequently enjoyed one of his best seasons for the La Liga giants last term, and played an important role in helping them win La Decima – their tenth European Cup – by beating rivals Atletico Madrid in the Champions League final last weekend.

But the 26-year-old may not be able to sit back and relax just yet, with more rumours of a move away from Spain expected to resurface following rumours of Real’s interest in Liverpool’s Luis Suarez.

“I am not going to lie, I know that there are clubs that want to sign me and can match Real Madrid’s demands,” he admitted.

“But that’s up to my representatives and the club. I will stay if the club wants me to stay.

“I am not thinking about my future now. We will see what Madrid have in mind, whether they want me to stay or leave.

“I am happy at Madrid. I had a great season and always had everybody’s support. But sometimes you don’t have a choice, even when you want to stay yourself.”

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  • Serge
    2 months ago

    I don’t think that this was an insult , had he said ‘ a club like Spurs ‘ maybe ?. He worked hard to stay at the club he is at and wanted to carry on doing so ! Wished Bale felt the same for another year at least !

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  • dave
    2 months ago

    Di Maria (when asked ‘Did you see yourself leaving Real Madrid at any moment?’):

    “They (media) say a lot of things and sometimes think too much about them and it hurts when you are giving your all for the club.

    Things come out like ‘he’s going to Tottenham’, or ‘he’s staying’. These are difficult times for a player.

    It’s difficult to detach yourself (from the speculation). I was calm as I knew I wanted to continue with Madrid.”

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    • dave
      2 months ago

      What he ACTUALLY said ↑↑↑

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  • james
    2 months ago

    How is that insulting to Tottenham? He clearly stated imo that he simply was hurt at the idea of being sold after giving the club his all… Simply biased crap ‘journalism’ to twist it…

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  • matt
    2 months ago

    A willful misinterpretation of what Di Maria actually said, which wasn’t disrespectful to Spurs in the slightest. In actual fact, if you read the accurately translated quote, the hurt he was feeling related to accusations being made against him regarding his performances for Real and had nothing whatsoever to do with being linked to Spurs.

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