Real Madrid winger Angel di Maria says the local press are to blame for Gonzalo Higuain's departure in the summer.

The Argentina striker is now starring with Napoli in Italy.

"He scored 20 or 30 goals a season, yet they continually said that he had to go.

"In June, when it was being said they wanted to sell me, Cristiano Ronaldo had to talk to the club to convince them to keep me on," snapped Di Maria.