Juan Mata has given a more detailed description of his reaction to being snubbed by Spain in his new blog.
The Chelsea winger recently began writing a weekly article for Grada 360.com, and in his latest entry he discusses his feelings on his exclusion from Vicente del Bosque's La Roja squad for the World Cup qualifiers against Belarus and France despite being in scintillating form for his club.
“Talking about the international break, not being called to join the national team was tough,” the 24-year-old began.
“Bad news for me, I can't deny it….even more since I feel in such a good moment. Obviously I was hoping to play with Spain, as I have done in the last four years.
“Every time I’ve played for my country, also in the previous categories, whatever my age, I’ve done so with great passion and I’ve tried to make the most of it.
“That’s why I volunteered for the European Under-21 Championships two years ago and for the Olympic Games this last summer, right after the Eurocup.
“The games ahead are not easy at all, vs France and Belarus, and I take this opportunity to wish good luck to the team, although the guys don’t need it.”
Mata also picked out the player that impressed him most in last night's Clasico and looked at his old team's Valencia's predicament.
“I told you there would be much talking about El Clasico this last week, so it was, and the match lived up to everyone’s expectations.
“A fight between two powerful teams in which the two players you can always count with were outstanding. I must confess that I do enjoy a lot watching [Mesut] Ozil’s style…a lot.”
“Levante beat Valencia 1-0, proving that their success last season was not a coincidence. I still believe in this Valencia and think that they’re going to have a great season.
“Here’s my big hug and support to all of them!”