David Luiz hopes Angel Di Maria joins him at Paris St-Germain

By Simon StoneBBC Sport in Chicago
Angel Di Maria
Di Maria scored three goals and produced 10 assists last season in the Premier League

David Luiz "hopes" Angel Di Maria will join him at Paris St-Germain, describing the Manchester United man as "one of the best players in the world".

Di Maria, a £59.7m buy from Real Madrid last summer, has failed to join United's pre-season tour and Louis van Gaal admits he has "no idea" of the whereabouts of the Argentine.

PSG manager Laurent Blanc has said a deal for Di Maria, 27, is close.

Luiz, 28, said: "Every single team he plays in, he makes the difference."

Speaking after PSG beat United 2-0 in a friendly in Chicago, Luiz added: "I hope to see him. He is a great friend, a great player."

Manchester United broke the British transfer record to bring Di Maria to Old Trafford.

But after a promising start to his United career the 27-year-old began to struggle with injury, fatigue and a lack of form.

Angel Di Maria
Di Maria and Luiz played together for three years at Benfica

He also struggled to adapt to a new country and had to contend with an attempted break-in at his Cheshire home.

Luiz played with Di Maria at Benfica between 2007 and 2010 but says he has not spoken with the United winger about a move to the French champions.

"It was great to play with him," added the Brazil defender. "It's great to see how much he has improved, how he has become a fantastic player.

"It would be a pleasure to play with him again."

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