Sunday, 26th January, 2014

Juan Mata admits he is surprised that Chelsea agreed to sell him to Manchester United.

The Spaniard has completed his transfer to Old Trafford, becoming Manchester United's record signing after the Red Devils paid £37.1m for his services.

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Eyebrows across English football were raised over Chelsea selling a star player to their domestic rivals. And Mata too is surprised that the Blues consented to the deal.

He told his new club's site: "To be honest it is a bit surprising.


"But I have to say I'm really grateful to Chelsea, to the owner, everyone who works at the club and the fans – they voted me the best player in the last two seasons and I will always be grateful. They have been amazing with me.

"The last six months were difficult as I didn't play as much as I wanted to. I understand it’s a team sport so I respected that situation. But the chance to come to Manchester United was a great moment for me to carry on with my career and join another massive club."

Mata is poised to make his debut on Tuesday night when Manchester United host Cardiff City at Old Trafford in a Premier League clash.

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