David De Gea to Real Madrid: Juan Mata coy over losing Manchester United team-mate

Spaniard says he's one of the 'best in the world'

Tom Sheen
Monday 22 June 2015 07:23
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Manchester United star Juan Mata gave nothing away when asked about the future of goalkeeper David De Gea.

The Spanish goalkeeper appears certain to move to Real Madrid this summer, if the two clubs can agree a fee for the 24-year-old; Los Blancos have apparently made an offer of around £13million, way below United's £25m+ valuation.

De Gea and Mata, along are very good friends, with Mata speaking several times via his blog about their time spent together at Old Trafford, where they frequently room together on away trips and play table tennis.

Speaking in an interview to Spanish newspaper Marca, Mata was asked about the future of his team-mate and the prospect of losing a "table tennis opponent".

"Lots of people ask me about him," said Mata. "He’s a friend and I want him to be happy.

"He’s currently one of the best goalkeepers in the world. From a selfish point of view, I would want to have him in my team."

Mata also spoke about new Real Madrid manager Rafa Benitez, whom he worled under at Chelsea, winning the Europa League 2013.

"I had him at Chelsea and we won the Europa League. It was a great campaign, my best in terms of statistics. Benítez knows how to get the most out of every player and get them performing to their best."

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