Sunday, January 26, 2014
FINALLY MATA IS A MANCHESTER UNITED PLAYER! MOYES, DE GEA WELCOMES CHELSEA OUTCAST AT OLD TRAFFORD
Finally Manchester United have announced the signing of Spanish midfielder, Juan Mata from Chelsea for a fee of £37.1million.
Mata was greeted by manager David Moyes on Saturday, with Mata expected to make his debut in Tuesday's Barclays Premier League encounter with Cardiff at Old Trafford.
Mata said on the club's website: 'I am thrilled to be joining United. I have enjoyed some very happy years at Chelsea but the time has come for a new challenge.
United is the perfect place for me and I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club's history.
'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.'
Moyes has broken the club's transfer record and admitted that he will be the first of many to join United under his stewardship.
An elated Moyes said: 'Juan is one of the finest playmakers in the game today and it's a real pleasure to have secured his signature. He's been instrumental in Chelsea's recent success, with a notable 28 assists and 32 goals in his last two Premier League seasons.
'I want to build an exciting team,' Moyes explained on Saturday. 'That’s always the way I’ve wanted my football to be played and I’ve not known it any other way.
'I want to win and give the supporters something to shout about because I’ve not done that often enough. What I will say is that this is the first of many more to come in time. I’m looking forward to Juan being the start of it.'
Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho praised the Spanish midfielder on Friday, saying: 'Nobody here is jumping because Juan is leaving.
'After that, it’s the way you look at things. Would Chelsea supporters be happy if we stop a fantastic person they all like a lot from going and say you can only go if you go to Russia or China or France or Portugal?
'I don’t know if Chelsea supporters would be happy because we are an open club. We don’t have an old-fashioned way to look at things.
'But Juan had a fantastic opportunity. Another big club wants him in a country where he loves to be. We had an offer which was the right offer a player of his quality.
'The player deserves respect and to be happy - to play where he wants.
'To say you cannot go to United because they refused to sell us Wayne Rooney isn't fair to Juan. They decide not to sell, their decision.'
Chelsea are due to make over £10m profit on Mata, whom they signed from Valencia three years ago.
The club are clearly mindful of that in light of financial rules, with Mourinho adding: 'It allows us to bring in another player, because we need one, and still have a fantastic profit. The two deals with Juan and Kevin De Bryune we put ourselves in a good Financial Fair Play position.
'I asked him, "Are you really happy to go?" and he said yes. We could feel mixed emotions. We are happy that he is going to a fantastic situation but are upset too. I think it was the same for him.
'If he goes, he was fantastic for Chelsea and Chelsea was fantastic for him.
'He tried to give everything but it got to a point where the team were winning games consecutively and he wasn't playing.'
Dutch striker Robin van Persie was one of the first players to welcome Mata to United, posting on his Twitter account: 'Welcome Juan Mata. See you all Tuesday.'
Photographers arrived outside United's training base early on Saturday morning in anticipation of Mata's arrival.
Defender Rio Ferdinand joked about the media presence on his Twitter account, posting: 'Who they here for??? Cameras at the Carrington entrance....gave them my best smile!! #Baggyeyes!'
Mata was greeted by fellow countryman and United goalkeeper David de Gea
Even his former team-mate Fernando Torres put up a photo on Instagram of the pair holding the Champions League, with the message: 'Thanks for everything . I miss you already my friend. #allthebest'.
Mata's signing will give Moyes' side a huge boost for the second half of the season with the club struggling domestically.