Manchester United sign Juan Mata
Midfielder officially signs for the reigning Premier League Champions
Juan Mata has finally completed his move from Chelsea to champions Manchester United in a club record signing of £37.1million.
The Spanish midfielder fell out of favour with Chelsea under Jose Mourinho, having been the club's player of the season for the previous two seasons.
Mata said: "The time has come for a new challenge. United is the perfect place for me.
"I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club's history. Chelsea is a top club and I have many friends there but you cannot turn down the chance to join Manchester United. I look forward to helping the manager and the team be successful
in the coming years."
Mata made over 130 appearances for Chelsea and won the Champions' League, Europa League and FA Cup in his two and a half year spell at Stamford Bridge.
Manchester United manager David 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 have been impressed with the excitement he has shown to be part of the new Manchester United."
"I know our fans have admired Juan for some time now - he has always played well against us - and I know they will be delighted to see him in the red of United, starting on Tuesday."
Manchester United have endured a tough season so far, the main problem being creativity in the midfield. Moyes will be desperate for Mata to change that.
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