Mata opens up on Moyes, United’s transfer plans, De Gea and Mourinho

by Sam Peoples

Juan Mata has given an extended interview with Canal+ where he talks in-depth about his time so far at Manchester United amongst a host of other things including his friendship with David De Gea, David Moyes and Jose Mourinho.

It’s another fantastic insight into the Spaniard who once again presents himself so well.

Here are some excerpts from the interview and for the full transcript, click here.

Translations provided by Tom Coast and Jonas Giæver 

On David Moyes and the club…

“More than anything, he made me feel important and I think that’s fundamental when you arrive at such a big club that has made a huge investment in you. It’s nice when the manager tells you “Juan, you’re important to the team and we need you on the ball as much as possible” and that’s what I try to do. My relationship with him is good, friendly and from the off, he seemed to me to be a great person.”

On United’s transfer plans…

“There are good people here. First and foremost young people. When you play for Manchester United it’s difficult because you have a lot of responsibility. I don’t know what will happen in the summer but the manager said the other day at a press conference that he’s going to be signing players. I think this club is at a stage of change, a bit of change in the project, but as I’ll tell you, at this club the best players in the world will always arrive.”

On Mourinho and Chelsea…

“We spoke and he [Mourinho] said that he thought this was a good option for me, and I told him I thought this was a good option for me. We didn’t speak for long. I wasn’t playing, and to be honest, I am happy when I play football. It’s the thing I like to do the most. He wished me good luck and told me to be good, as did everyone at the club [Chelsea]. I’m very grateful for my time at Chelsea and for all the trophies I have won. We had a fantastic relationship, I had great relationships with several of my teammates. They weren’t just my teammates, but my friends. Fernando [Torres] for example. I was very saddened to tell him I was leaving him. It was tough to tell him I was going because he is a very important person to me, but we’ll keep in touch we aren’t that far away from each other.”

On De Gea…

“Now I’d like to present you to my friend, the one that has welcomed me here. He does everything with me, he’s part of my security team, he takes me to get to know the training ground, he shows me the city, I present to you; David de Gea.”

For the full transcript, click here

Translations provided by Tom Coast and Jonas Giæver.

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