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Juan Mata opens up on his relationship with Jose Mourinho

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Mata knows what it is like to be ousted by Mourinho, who sold him to United when in charge of Chelsea. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Mata knows what it is like to be ousted by Mourinho, who sold him to United when in charge of Chelsea. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Mata knows what it is like to be ousted by Mourinho, who sold him to United when in charge of Chelsea. Photo credit: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.

Man Utd midfielder Juan Mata has insisted “too many stories were created” surrounding his relationship with Jose Mourinho, as he insisted he is enjoying his football under his latest manager.

Mata was tipped to be one of the players Mourinho would look to off-load when he made his move to Old Trafford last summer, having already sanctioned his sale to United from Chelsea in January 2014.

Yet the Spaniard has played a prominent role in the United team this season, even if he has been left out of some of the more high profile games his team have played in recent weeks.

Despite those omissions, Mata has moved to insist he is happy to be working with Mourinho once again, as he stressed talk of a bust-up between the duo at Chelsea was wide of the mark.

“My relationship with the manager? Normal. It’s normal. I have said this before and I will say it again – it is a professional relationship. That is it,” stated Mata.

“Too many things were said, too many stories were created as well – lies.

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

“You know, I am happy with the football I am producing now, and that’s the most important thing.

“Your friends and family are ringing to know what is going on, but I always told them the same: Listen, I am the one that knows what is going on, and I know that nothing is going on.

“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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Mata was also asked about his departure from Chelsea and the negative comments offered up by Mourinho following his exit, but he insisted never had any concerns about working with the Portuguese tactician again.

“Obviously it is difficult to control all the other things that are said and some people believe it,” he added.

“But 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.

“I have played a lot of games and enjoyed my football and that’s it.

“I can say I am enjoying my football right now. 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.”


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