Xabi Alonso has become the first person to all but confirm Angel di Maria’s transfer from Real Madrid to Manchester United by congratulating him on the move.
Alonso took to Twitter to thank Di Maria for his time with Madrid and wished him all the best at United.
“Thanks for everything noodle [Di Maria’s nickname],” he said.
“I wish you the best, even at Man Utd. Never forget the zigzag extra time in Lisbon.”
Jese Rodriguez also congratulated Di Maria on the next step in his career.
— JeseRodriguez10 (@JeseRodriguez10) August 24, 2014
Van Gaal told Geoff Shreeves after the full-time whistle against Sunderland that the club would announce anything about Di Maria to the press when it was ready, but Alonso clearly didn’t get the memo.
With a €75m fee reportedly agreed, an official announcement from United about Di Maria is expected within the next 72 hours.