The relationship between Spanish midfielder Juan Mata and the Portuguese tactician Jose Mourinho has not been the best of ones that we have seen in World football. Mata, however, proved Mourinho wrong with some delightful performance last year at the Old Trafford.
It was all fine, until the weekend game against Champions Chelsea at Stamford Bridge. Mata was surprisingly left out of the 18-man squad sparking questions about his future at the Theatre of Dreams. The midfielder’s contract, however, comes to an end next month.
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Talks of Real Madrid buying the midfielder has been ignited with Madrid falling behind arch-rivals Barcelona in the league with nine points separating the two sides. It is understood that Real want the Spain international midfielder to spark fresh incentive into their faltering season.
Mata’s transfer career:
Mata started his career at Bernabeu before moving to the fellow Spanish side Valencia. It was at Chelsea that the midfielder began to show signs of form, and long before the management could make use of his exploits, Mourinho put the midfielder on the transfer list.
However, the midfielder was bought by the former United coach Louis Van Gaal and started dazzling around in the middle of the pitch with his footwork.
The left-footed player was a regular when United won the League Cup and Europa League double but has not been effective in this season with Mourinho playing him outside his position wide of the pitch.
Real are keeping an eye on developments as they prepare to make their move as soon as the transfer window opens in January.
Hungry to keep enjoying the game:
Mata, however, believes that he is still at the peak of his playing career and can perform well for the years to come.
“It’s gone quickly to be honest. I made my professional debut when I was 18 in Real Madrid’s second team, and then in Valencia in the first division when I was 19,” Mata said.
“So it’s 10 years which went really, really quickly. Time flies, in general, but, in football, even more. But I see myself young in a way, you know, my body feels good, my mind feels good.” added the midfielder.
“I’m hungry to keep enjoying this sport. So hopefully, all being well, I can be playing football for many more years.” said Mata before he concluded saying “Don’t take anything for granted, even in football.”