Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has done little to dampen speculation over a proposed £30 million return to former club Valencia in January in his weekly blog post, declaring himself 'excited' with Los Che's tremendous start to their La Liga campaign.
Mata shares a brief summary of his thoughts with fans every Monday and had plenty to be pleased about this week, returning to the United starting XI yesterday in place of the suspended Wayne Rooney after two weeks on the bench.
The 26-year-old created Angel di Maria's opener in a tight, tense clash with Everton and clearly relished playing in his preferred number 10 position, although it remains open to debate whether Louis van Gaal will continue to afford the Spanish schemer that luxury when Wayne Rooney returns from a three-match ban.
Huge competition for places means Mata's long-term future is still under scrutiny and the playmaker clearly still has one eye on La Liga, showering Valencia with compliments after they impressively dispatched defending champions Atletico Madrid 3-1 to maintain their unbeaten start to the season.
Valencia return on the cards?
Mata said: "In La Liga, Valencia has started really well as I could see on Saturday.
"The renovation of the team looks good from here. No wonder the fans are so excited.
"And [Alvaro] Negredo hasn’t made his debut yet… I’m very happy for them!"
Valencia's seven-match unbeaten streak in La Liga has certainly come as a pleasant surprise for Los Che fans, particularly as the famous Spanish club are still waiting for Peter Lim to complete his protracted takeover and big summer signing Negredo is still out injured.
Expect speculation that Valencia will pursue Mata to heighten once more if Lim takes control at the Mestalla, but for now the 26-year-old remains determined to prove he was worth United's then club-record £37.1m outlay and has impressed in patches for the Red Devils already this season.
Fight to earn Van Gaal's trust is on
There was plenty of positives regarding United's second home win on the spin before mentioning Valencia though, with countrymen David de Gea picked out for special praise after a string of important late saves helped the Red Devils cling on to three precious points.
"What an important win this weekend against Everton! . It was a key game but we know there is still a long way ahead. We took the lead thanks to Ángel and then David started his amazing performance.
"First he saved Baines’ penalty. In the second half they tied the game and later on Radamel scored (I am very happy for you, the first one of many more goals, I’m sure).
"And then David did several extraordinary saves to keep the three points at home. What a superb performance! It seems his new haircut brought him luck…!"
Mata's recent from has failed to earn him a call-up to Vincente del Bosque's latest Spain squad, so the midfield maestro now has a fortnight to prepare for United's next Premier League game, against West Bromwich Albion on Monday 20th October.
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