Di Maria: I was surprised by Ibrahimovic's ability

The Argentine says he has been pleasantly surprised by the Swedish attacker and believes they will get along well together at Paris Saint-Germain


Angel Di Maria says he has been “very surprised” by how good Paris Saint-Germain team-mate Zlatan Ibrahimovic is.

Di Maria joined the Ligue 1 champions in August, completing a £44 million move from Manchester United.

While the Argentina international has made a decent start to life at the Parc des Princes despite injury, Ibrahimovic has had a slow opening to the campaign.

But Di Maria said the Swede’s talent is incredible and admits he has been stunned by the 33-year-old’s ability.

“I have played with Lionel Messi, Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney and now I have the chance to play with Ibra,” he told Uefa’s official website.

“I’d never realised how good he is, all the moves he has despite him being so tall, I was very surprised from the day I arrived.

“So hopefully we’ll get along well, because I think he has a lot of quality and a lot to bring to this team.”

The 27-year-old was also full of praise for Argentina team-mate Lionel Messi, who he hailed as a great player and person.

“There are no words to describe Leo. The only thing I can say, leaving trophies and football aside, is that he is a great person and a great friend.

“I believe that everything he’s achieved, he’s achieved because he enjoys it – playing the way he likes to, and showing the way he is.

“The way he is on the pitch is how he is off the pitch: a calm guy, a very good person. And he has very much deserved everything he has won.”

Di Maria will come up against former team Real Madrid in the Champions League this season, a match he is looking forward to, but insists he will not be celebrating if he scores.

“When I knew I would be moving to Paris, I said to my wife that I was sure we would draw Real Madrid,” he said.

“I don’t know how the people there will welcome me, but we won the Decima and many other titles together, and in my last match – against Atletico Madrid – the fans gave me a standing ovation when they knew I was leaving to go to Manchester.

“I think it will be really nice to return to the Bernabeu. If I score, I won’t celebrate. Everything I achieved with that club is still in my heart.”

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