Argentina international Angel Di Maria has admitted he never wanted to leave Real Madrid and join Manchester United.
Di Maria scored three Premier League goals in 27 appearances for United.
The winger left United to join Paris Saint-Germain in a £44.3million deal in the summer, just a year after moving to Old Trafford.
Di Maria told Spanish newspaper Marca: “My intention was always to stay at Madrid. I don’t really know what happened on the inside of the deal – these are things that representatives deal with. It happens in football.
“My move to PSG could have happened before this summer but it didn’t for financial reasons and I ended up going to United. In the summer I had the chance to go there again and I could not say no.”
When asked about why his move to United turned sours, Di Maria said: “I started very well but then I had problems with people at the club, I started being left on the bench, then my home was robbed. It all just made me want to get out of there as quickly as possible.”