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I was very close to join Barcelona ; Di maria said.

Paris Saint-Germain winger Angel Di Maria admitted he was very close to signing for Barcelona last summer, following Neymar’s move to the French capital.

The Catalan club were keen to bring in a big name replacement but they were unable to land Di Maria, who has done well this season with nine goals but is still in the shadows of PSG’s celebrated trident attack of Neymar, Cavani and Mbappe.

“I was very close to joining Barcelona,” he said.

“Unfortunately, there are things in football that made it impossible.”

Di Maria will be with Argentina in the World Cup this summer and he denied the team lacks character.

“We reached three finals but did not have luck on our side, not because of a lack of balls,” he stated.

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