Man United’s new signing Juan Mata: This is a big step for me in my career
Manchester United's new signing Juan Mata describes his move to the Red Devils as a "big step" in his career
Juan Mata has described his club-record move to Manchester United as a “big step” in the Spaniard’s career.
The 25-year-old playmaker completed a £37.1m transfer to Old Trafford on Saturday after failing to cement a regular starting spot under Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this season.
It’s a big challenge for my career, a big step
And Mata, who will wear the number eight shirt for the Red Devils, is relishing a new challenge and the opportunity to continue his impressive Premier League career.
“I wanted to go to a place where I would feel happy and I’m happy now,” Mata said at his United unveiling at Carrington on Monday.
“Manchester United are a massive club, with the most fans around the world so it’s a big challenge for my career, a big step. With the players that are here and to come in the summer, this club is going to be successful for sure.”
He added: “It’s a new challenge for me. I think sometimes in your career you need to clear your mind. This was a chance for me to carry on my career in England. I think the Premier League is a fantastic league and it was the right club.”
Mata, who scored 20 goals and made 35 assists last season, insisted that he is happy to play anywhere for United boss David Moyes, with the Spaniard expected to start against Cardiff City on Tuesday night.
“I would like to play anywhere. To play, try my best, to assist and to score. I will do my best to grow and do what I can,” Mata added.
“It’s a massive club and I’m really glad to be here. In the history of the Premier League it’s the club with most trophies so I’m really happy about that. I like the pressure. I think it’s good for a footballer to improve when people expect big things from you.”