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.”
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.”