Mata re­veals Mou poses no threat for him at Man United

The Star (Kenya) - - Sports International -

Play­maker Juan Mata says he did not lose any sleep over Jose Mour­inho’s ar­rival at Manch­ester United de­spite long­stand­ing and wide­spread ru­mours that the pair had fallen out when they were both at Chelsea.

Mour­inho dropped the Spa­niard dur­ing his time at Stam­ford Bridge be­fore sell­ing him to United in Jan­uary 2014 for a then club record fee of £37 mil­lion (Sh4.59bn)).

Mata has been a key player for the Premier League club this sea­son, how­ever, scor­ing twice and rack­ing up an as­sist in eight league games.

“Too many things were said. Too many sto­ries were cre­ated as well - lies,” Mata, who was given the cap­tain’s arm­band for Satur­day’s goal­less draw with Burn­ley, told Bri­tish me­dia.

“When the man­ager came in I was al­ways think­ing the same as I have al­ways, I am go­ing to give my best, and I be­lieve in my­self and I think this can work out.

“The truth is that noth­ing hap­pened. I came here to play for Manch­ester United, as one more of the play­ers in the squad and that is it. I started train­ing from the first day I ar­rived to get fit and be ready, and that is the case now.”

Mata added that he did not have to sit down with Mour­inho to dis­cuss his fu­ture at United, with the for­mer Chelsea, Real Madrid, In­ter Mi­lan and Porto boss say­ing in Septem­ber that Mata “asked to leave”.

“He didn’t sit down with me, no,” Mata added. “I do feel an im­por­tant part of this team, I do feel that. Since I came to Manch­ester United we had ups and downs but I al­ways felt an im­por­tant player un­der any man­ager, and I feel im­por­tant now.

“But we didn’t have any con­ver­sa­tions. I have said this be­fore and I will say it again - it is a pro­fes­sional re­la­tion­ship. That is it.

“That is why where there were so many things said about what is go­ing to hap­pen when the new man­ager ar­rived, in my mind I had it clear.”

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For­mer Chelsea boss Jose Mour­inho (R) sold Juan Mata (L) to Man United be­fore the Por­tuguese linked up with Mata at Old Traf­ford.

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