Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata opened up about how much he is enjoying life in the Premier League.
Mata made the move from Valencia to Chelsea back in 2011 and spent three years at Stamford Bridge. He then switched allegiances, moving north to Manchester in 2014 for a then club-record fee and the Spaniard has not looked back since.
The 27-year-old has been one of Man United’s most consistent performers since he arrived at the club and has been in scintillating form so far this season. Mata has quickly become a fan favourite at Old Trafford and it is good to see he is enjoying his time at the club as much as the supporters are enjoying having him.
Mata was asked whether a return to La Liga is on the cards and, to the joy of United fans, he said: “Right now I don’t even think about it. I miss family, my friends, but for now I’m very well at Manchester (United). 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 is fantastic.”
Mata was full of praise for the Premier League and it is obvious he is thoroughly enjoying his time in England. The former Valencia man has taken the league by storm and spoke highly of what it represents as part of the culture of the country as a whole.
He added: “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.”
Mata has become one of the first names on the United team-sheet and is one of the Reds most important players. His performances on the right wing have been brilliant this season and despite playing in an unfamiliar position, Mata has been proving his class time and time again.