Mata confident on charity pledges

Juan Mata is confident Jose Mourinho and a number of his Manchester United teammates will join his salary pledge to the Common Goal charity.

The Spaniard confirmed last month he would be donating one percent of his salary to the recently-launched charity, while Bayern Munich defender Mats Hummels has since confirmed he is doing the same.

“The response has been good at United,” Mata told the Soccerex Global Convention in Manchester.

“United pledges? They will. Jose? He will. I am almost ready to say who.

“We have more players coming and everyone understands what we are trying to do.

“Everyone understands we are in a lucky position, we are privileged and many others are not so lucky. We are going to try and reach every footballer.

“My one per cent cannot help a lot but everyone together can help much more and that is what we are trying to do.

“The final idea would be for the whole professional industry commit, not just the footballers. I think it will get bigger in the next few weeks and months.

“Sometimes football can have a bad reputation but there are great people in football who are trying to help.

“I believe there are great values in football and, if this helps on that, then great.”

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