‘I Had a Difficult Year With Unai’ – Di Maria Critical of Former PSG and Arsenal Manager

Paris Saint-Germain takes on Lille OSC on Sunday in Ligue 1 action and ahead of kickoff, Angel Di Maria stepped up to the podium to answer questions from the media.

As reported by Le Parisien, the Argentine spoke about his successful season so far, Edinson Cavani’s situation, the addition of Keylor Navas, and a potential contract extension, which Di Maria says that there have been no discussions at the moment (current contract expires June 2021).

“I am very happy in Paris. I said it from the start, my wish is that PSG is my last club in Europe,” Di Maria said. “I hope it will be. Then I will return to play in Argentina.”

The most interesting part of Di Maria’s remarks was about former manager Unai Emery. Initially, Fideo was asked if manager Thomas Tuchel was the coach who has given him the most confidence in his career and Di Maria gave an honest response.

“Yes, I’m very happy with him [Tuchel]. He’s a coach who has given me a lot of confidence since his arrival. He came to see me in Barcelona before the 2018 World Cup so that I would not leave, so that I would stay with the team and renew my contract. That’s what I did when I got home. I felt happy. I am in Paris and my family too. I had a difficult year with Unai [Emery], who promised me that I would play and I did not play. It disappoints, these are things that hurt. He [Tuchel] gave me 100 percent confidence. [José] Mourinho, [Carlo] Ancelotti, and Thomas are the coaches who gave me the most confidence and allowed me to be at my best level.

That’s incredible praise for Tuchel from one of the best players in the game. To be lumped in with managers like Ancelotti and Mourinho who have won major trophies speaks to the work the German has done since coming to PSG.

On the flip side, Di Maria’s indictment of Emery confirms everything that PSG and Arsenal FC fans have come to learn about the Spaniard who is currently unemployed after being sacked by both clubs.

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