For the longest time during the previous summer transfer window, Angel Di Maria looked destined for a move to Paris Saint-Germain rather than Manchester United. However, PSG could not quite agree a fee, which would keep them within the Financial Fairplay Regulations, with Real Madrid and Manchester United swooped in gleefully to ink the signature of one of the world's most exciting talents.
It has all worked out swimmingly well for Di Maria and Manchester United, with the Argentine making himself right at home at Old Trafford by already putting in some jaw dropping performances in the English Premier League.
However, had PSG agreed to Real Madrid's demands, things might have been different, and Di Maria would have been probably marching the French champions to another Ligue 1 title alongside Zlatan Ibrahimovic.
Di Maria, in an interview with French publication Telefoot, admitted he would have loved to play in the French league had he been given an opportunity.
"Paris, it would have been a great experience," he said. "It would please a lot of players to play at a French club.
In the exclusive interview, to be published on Sunday, Di Maria also goes on to reveal why a move to PSG did not materialise, but there is one thing that the midfielder has absolutely no regrets about, and that is deciding to bid goodbye to his sojourn with Real Madrid.
"I have no regrets about leaving Real Madrid," he added.
Earlier this week, Real Madrid manager Carlo Ancelotti had against stoked the fire by claiming Di Maria, while a player who could make a great impact in a game, also had the penchant to give away possession and with it put his team in trouble.
"Di Maria could take matches by storm with his energy, but he also used to lose control sometimes, misplacing important passes," Ancelotti told Onda Cero.
While the exit from Real Madrid has been far from hunky dory, the team reaping the benefits are Manchester United, who will hope the Argentine can lift them to the top four in his first season in the Premier League.
Di Maria has gone off the boil a little bit in the last couple of games, unable to dominate the match as much as he has done earlier on, but there is little doubt that Manchester United are at their best when they have the 26-year-old dictating play and pinging in those delectable passes for the forwards to score, while chipping in with a few himself.