Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea says Louis Van Gaal should keep Juan Mata
Manchester United goalkeeper David De Gea has expressed his desire that compatriot Juan Mata is kept at Manchester United.
There had been speculation that Mata, a new arrival in January, could be allowed to leave by new Manchester United boss Louis Van Gaal with Barcelona linked with a move for Mata.
But the former Atletico Madrid man, who was voted Manchester United’s player of the season, believes the ex-Chelsea midfielder is a vital cog in United’s midfield and and potential sale would damage the fortunes of the Old Trafford outfit.
Speaking to Movistar though De Gea said: “I would not sell Juan Mata. He is a very important player for us.
“We have taken a qualitative leap with him and he has adapted very well.”
There weren’t too many positives from David Moyes’ reign but one of them was undoubtedly the signing of Mata, a genuinely world-class player.
De Gea and Mata are very close friends having spent a lot of time together within Spain’s youth teams and both are part of Spain’s final 23-man squad for the World Cup, but fellow Premier League players Alvaro Negredo and Jesus Navas failed to make the cut despite winning the title at Manchester City.
De Gea also spoke about of how he would sign Barcelona midfielder Andres Iniesta if the money was available.
“If I had millions and millions, I would buy Iniesta.
“He is one of the best players in the world. He has character, quality and goal. He has everything.”
Despite joining in January Juan Mata (33) created the third highest number of chances at Manchester United this season and the most of any midfielders.