Mata: DDG ‘relaxed’ at Old Trafford

Juan Mata has revealed Manchester United teammate David De Gea is ‘relaxed’ at the club and he’s surprised at the return of links to Real Madrid.

Reports in Spain on Thursday suggested Madrid had prioritised the signing of the 26-year-old goalkeeper in the summer and had already made an initial contact regarding a possible move.

"David is a veteran here already, been here many years," Mata told El Larguero on Cadena Ser.

"Everyone recognises his contribution to the team. More rumours have come out? If we are just in February, imagine until June, July, August … I did not know that it had come out again.

"He had a hectic summer before. I've not spoken to him about this at all. He is relaxed here, and with too much to think about for the rest of the season, without thinking about the summer.”

The 28-year-old playmaker was then asked about a possible return to La Liga one day, having left Valencia for England in 2011.

"I don't know what will happen," Mata continued.

"I've been asked before, and I don't know. I've been here six years, and I am happy in England, but I love Spain still and always follow La Liga from here. I would like to play again back at home.

"I would like to see Oviedo return to the Primera Division, which they deserve, and for Sporting [Gijon] not to go down, so that both [Asturias] teams are in the top flight.

"There is bad news from Valencia – I still have a lot of affection for the supporters and the club and I hope they can put together a good run of results and think about next season, and improving."

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