Juan Mata had revealed that David de Gea played a big part in him deciding to leave Chelsea for United, with his compatriot pestering him over the past few days.

“He has been texting me in the last few days saying, ‘when are coming, when are you landing?!’ ‘Are you coming by helicopter or by bicycle?!’ I am here now and I am very happy to be here, particularly with David because he is a very good friend, an amazing goalkeeper and a top guy. He was important for me in terms of coming here.”

It’s just De Gea that Mata is looking forward to playing with though…

“Obviously for a player like me who is trying to score goals, assist goals and be a creative player it’s going to be amazing to play with those kinds of players. Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Adnan, Valencia, Chicharito, Welbeck… they are all top-level players and I will try to do the best for the team.”




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