Angel Di Maria has admitted that he came close to leaving Paris Saint-Germain last summer to move to Barcelona.

The Argentina international midfielder joined PSG from Manchester United in August 2015 but has found it difficult to pin down a regular starting place since the arrival of Neymar and Kylian Mbappe in the summer.

“I was close to joining Barcelona – close and far away at the same time,” he told ESPN. “It’s difficult to go to such a club. It wasn’t done, but life sometimes has surprises, you never know.

“The chance of going there wasn’t affected by the fact that I had already worn the white of Real Madrid. I might have been whistled at Camp Nou before, but it was nothing significant.

“Apart from Newell’s Old Boys, because I am a supporter of Rosario Central, I could play anywhere. And wherever I go, I will always give my maximum.”

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