David Luiz has welcomed Angel di Maria to Paris Saint-Germain and believes he will make a big difference to their team.
The former Chelsea man joined the French champions last summer and having played alongside Di Maria at Benfica, he knows his qualities more than most.
Di Maria has been strongly linked to PSG following a torrid second half to his first year at Manchester United. His house was burgled which prompted him to move his family into an apartment in the city centre and he was dropped from Louis van Gaal‘s team without ever regaining his place, following some indifferent performances.
It appears as though a Di Maria sale is on the cards and Luiz would welcome him with open arms.
“For us it is always very good if we can sign a fantastic player like Di Maria,” he said.
“I love him, he is my friend. I played with him at Benfica, when we were young.
“He is fantastic and will be fantastic for the team. He also knows how to play on the defensive side, he is an amazing player.
“Am I surprised it didn’t work out for him in England? No, it’s not about this. Sometimes you cannot have luck in one place, but he is still a fantastic player. We want to win the Champions League. If it was up to me, I’d like to sign many, many players.
“Of course he is a player that can help us go up another step. It’s about details in the Champions League. When we played Barcelona last season we arrived in our bad moment and they were at their best level of the season. It can be like that. You need luck sometimes and have all the players available to play.”
Di Maria was one of the best players in the world during his spell at Real Madrid and was voted into FIFPro World XI at the Balon d’Or ceremony prior to joining United last season.
Di Maria did not settle in Manchester and neither did his family, with the burglary of their home looking like the final nail in the coffin of his United career. At 27 and with such exceptional talent, it might prove to be a bad move given the poor standard of the French league.
If he gets a chance to play Champions League football, compete for trophies and Unite regain most of the money they spent on him then it is possibly the best move for all involved.