Juan Mata completed his £37.1m move to Manchester United last night, and immediately sat down with MUTV to give an interview.
Mata spoke on being United’s record signing, his new team mates as well as his relationship with fellow Spaniard David De Gea.
Available in full on the club’s official website, here are the best parts of what the Spaniard had to tell United’s fans.
How does it feel to finally be a Manchester United player?
It’s a very happy day for me, meeting my team-mates, the manager, seeing the training ground. It’s a massive club and I feel very proud to be here.
What went through your mind when you heard of United’s interest?
I thought, ‘wow’! This is a team that has won a lot of leagues in the history of the Premier League and English league. It’s amazing knowing that a club like Manchester United is interested in you. It’s a good feeling.
So many great players have come to this club but you are the record signing. Do you relish the pressure that brings?
I know it is a big price but I’m confident that everything is going to be okay. I will try my best as I always have done. The squad and the manager are very good and the fans are unbelievable – we have everything to be successful.
David De Gea was waiting for you when you arrived – what has he told you about life here?
He has been texting me in the last few days saying, ‘when are coming, when are you landing?!’ ‘Are you coming by helicopter or by bicycle?!’ I am here now and I am very happy to be here, particularly with David because he is a very good friend, an amazing goalkeeper and a top guy. He was important for me in terms of coming here.
How excited are you by the prospect of linking up with the likes of Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie and Adnan Januzaj to name a few?
Obviously for a player like me who is trying to score goals, assist goals and be a creative player it’s going to be amazing to play with those kinds of players. Wayne Rooney, Robin van Persie, Adnan, Valencia, Chicharito, Welbeck… they are all top-level players and I will try to do the best for the team.
What do you think is your best position?
First of all playing! [Laughs] I love to play. I think I can play in the three positions behind the striker. I played on the left when I arrived at Chelsea, this season I have played on the right and last season, which was probably the best season of my career, I played behind the striker. But it doesn’t matter as long as I play.