Manchester United's £60 million signing Angel di Maria says he would've left Real Madrid sooner if not for Cristiano Ronaldo.

The pair share the same agent, Jorge Mendes, and became good friends during their time in Madrid.

"The truth is that I have a great friendship with Cristiano Ronaldo, thanks to him I spent longer in Madrid than I otherwise would have," revealed Di Maria.

Ronaldo hinted he was upset by Di Maria's sale yesterday at a sponsor's function.

"If I was in charge, maybe I wouldn't have done things the way they have been done. We are all free to have our own opinions and say what we think," he said.

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