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PSG target Champions League glory with Di Maria
Published :Saturday, 8 August, 2015,  Time : 12:00 AM  View Count : 12
Paris, Aug 7: Paris Saint-Germain are confident Angel di Maria can be the man to help them conquer Europe after completing the signing of the Argentina winger on Thursday.
The 27-year-old penned a four-year deal at the Parc des Princes after PSG agreed to pay Manchester United 63 million euros (£44.3m; $68.9m) to make him the second most expensive signing in French football history.
Released from the constraints of Financial Fair Play after UEFA relaxed their controversial rules earlier this summer, the French champions have made their biggest splash in the transfer market since paying 64 million euros to sign Edinson Cavani from Napoli in July 2013.
Laurent Blanc's side's dominance of the domestic scene was complete last season, when they claimed an unprecedented clean sweep of the domestic honours, winning the treble of Ligue 1, French Cup and League Cup after taking the season-opening Champions Trophy.
They have already won the Champions Trophy this season with a comfortable 2-0 win against Lyon, their closest challengers in the last campaign.
The squad was already good enough to win more silverware at home, but PSG's Qatari owners are convinced securing long-time target Di Maria can help them become the first French team since Marseille in 1993 to be champions of Europe.
"It is a real honour for the club to finally sign Angel and continue our great European dream. Our great ambition as everyone knows is the Champions League," said club president Nasser Al-Khelaifi.
"We are close to our dream. We will try this year. Angel will really give something extra to the team, especially in the Champions League. I hope he can win it with us."
Paris have reached the Champions League quarter-finals in each of the last three seasons, with two defeats at that stage to Barcelona sandwiching a loss on away goals to Chelsea in 2014.
"There were clubs I could have gone to but my desire to be in this project and help them to win the Champions League is why I chose to come here," said Di Maria as he was unveiled to the media in a luxurious Paris hotel, close to the Eiffel Tower. AFP









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