Manchester - Juan Mata hopes his club record transfer from Chelsea to Manchester
United will help cement his place in the Spain World Cup squad in Brazil
later this year.
A lack of first-team opportunities, and concerns
over his international future, prompted the attacking midfielder into
completing his 37.1 million (44.7m euros) transfer between the Premier
Mata, 25, was relaxed and enthusiastic as he was
unveiled to the world's media at United's training ground on Monday and
admitted that the helicopter journey his new employers provided had been
one of the highlights of his move.
But it was the more serious
prospect of ensuring he added to the 32 caps he has already earned with
his national team that led to the transfer, especially as Mata had been
left out of one Spain squad already this season.
"It was really important," said Mata of the part concerns over an international place played in his move.
Spain squad is really difficult to get into, there are a lot of players
fighting for positions to be in the last 23 going to Brazil.
hope this is a great chance for me to keep playing, keep fit and show
the manager of the national team I want to be there, I have to be there.
"I don't know what would have happened if I had stayed at
Chelsea. Now I am here, now the moment is here. Now I'm trying to play
as much as I can to help the team and if things are good in the final
part of the season, the World Cup is going to be closer for me, for
Mata's move from London to Manchester has been one of the
more unusual in Premier League history with Blues manager Jose Mourinho
content to sell such a highly-regarded player to one of Chelsea's
The player himself admitted he was struggling
to explain either his move, or the fact that his first team
opportunities had all but disappeared since the return of the Portuguese
manager to Stamford Bridge.
"It is football. In football
everything is possible," said Mata. "The first two seasons in Chelsea
for me were amazing, I settled down so quickly, the fans were
unbelievable, the club, everything.
"The last six months were
difficult because I didn't play as much as I wanted but I respect that.
Jose is a very good manager, the squad is unbelievable, they have top,
top players. I think they have one of the best squads in the Premier
"I respected all my team-mates, I just tried my best in
training and every game and the minutes I had but when Man United came
it was a great option for me to carry on with my career."
manager David Moyes has struggled in his first season at Old Trafford,
with humbling exits from both domestic cup competitions and a lacklustre
defence of the club's Premier League title that has left them 14 points
adrift of current leaders Arsenal.
But Moyes said the arrival of Mata showed United are now in the process of building for a bright future.
am thrilled," said the Scot. "I got wind a month or two ago it could be
a possibility. I never believed we would pull it off, I have been
saying that I didn't think we would get a chance to do much business in
"I didn't think the players we would be interested in
would be available but when we got the sniff that Juan would be
available we went after it right away and I am delighted to have him
"There will be more players like Juan in the future, I have no doubt about that."
Mata said he was particularly looking forward to playing in the same
side as England striker Wayne Rooney, who is in talks with United over a
"I can't wait to play alongside him," said
Mata. "For me, he is one of the best players in the history of this
country, he is unbelievable, he is a striker who can score, can assist
and can come to the midfield to take the ball and move so I think I will
enjoy playing alongside him."