As Real Madrid splashed record fee of 100 million Euros for Spurs star Gareth Bale, they had to sell a few to somewhat balance the books.
Gonzalo Higuain left Los Blancos for Italian club Napoli. On the other hand Mesut Ozil decided to leave for Arsenal.
However, there was another player who was heavily linked elsewhere and top clubs were also interested in him but he opted to stay, Di Maria.
The Argentine claims that despite the increase in competition and arrival of Bale, he was ready to fight for the place. Di Maria stated:
“I decided to stay, despite the players that were coming to the club,”
“I knew that I was going through a good period and that I had the skills to play here. I talked to Pocho [Ezequiel Lavezzi] and he asked me: ‘Do you really want to go away from there?’
“Coach Carlo Ancelotti told me that whoever is better will play. I think that Bale wasn’t training in Tottenham so I guess I have a head start.”
Bale could not start ahead of Di Maria in the latest champions league fixture as former Benfica star is continuing his good form.
Di Maria’s stance shows that Arsenal star Ozil was really afraid of the competition at Real Madrid. Isco arrived and quickly became Madrid’s most important player that forced Ozil to the bench. It did not take long as he decided to leave.
Even Perez and Ancelotti claimed that it was Ozil’s own decision to leave the club.
Higuain mainly departed because he was getting a lot of undeserved criticism from the media according to Di Maria.
Ozil is a world class player and could have stayed at one of the best clubs in the world but perhaps preferred the easy way as at Arsenal he is guaranteed first team football.
Di Maria could have done the same and left but he stayed and proved that he is not afraid of competition.
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