Juan Mata: I am very happy at Man United but I miss my family

Man United star Juan Mata is very happy at Old Trafford and has no immediate plans to return to Spain, with speculation of apparent interest from a number of La Liga sides in the cultured attacker.

The 27-year-old left Valencia for Chelsea back in August 2011 and he played a key role in helping the West London side to Champions and Europa League titles before moving to Man United in January 2013.

Mata has scored 18 goals in 56 Premier League appearances for Man United and is a key member of Louis van Gaal’s first-team set-up.

“Right now I don’t even think about it. I miss family, my friends, but for I’m very happy in Manchester,” he told El Pais. “I have the feeling that I have just arrived here and I still have many things to do.

“Playing in England is a very positive experience. I advise every player to spend at least one year in the Premier League, because in terms of fans, the league, the structure, what football represents, it’s fantastic.

“There is a special respect towards the player. It is incredible. You are playing a top-level team and even when you lose the fans still support you, looking forward to the next match.

“That gives you more eager to share the successes with them. It is different from Spain. Here they understand football in a very special way.” Added Mata in quotes reported by


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Mata has started all 13 of Man United’s fixtures in all competitions this term, scoring four goals and providing five assists in the process.

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