Juan Mata has revealed the two reasons he signed a new Manchester United contract.
The Spanish midfielder boosted Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s side when he penned a two-year deal with the option for a third.
Mata was out of contract this summer, and had been linked with a move away after reports of offers from his homeland.
United struggled to a sixth-place finish last season, and Solskjaer will need all the experience he can get in his squad to turn the Red Devils back into a top-four Premier League team next term.
So, the sight of 31-year-old Mata committing his future to the club was a welcome one for Red Devils fans.
And now Mata has spoken of his reasons for staying with the club – which he described as one of “three or four big clubs in the world”.
He said he felt he “belonged” at United, which he hailed as “a special and unique” club.
And he praised the fans, who have endured some miserable years since their legendary manager Sir Alex Ferguson retired after leading them to their last Premier League triumph in 2013.
“The first thing is the feeling of belonging to this club. I think it is something special and unique,” said Mata, who has won an FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League since joining United from Chelsea in 2014.
“We know that in football there are three or four big clubs in the world, or in Europe, and United is one of them.
“I have been here a bit more than five years and I have realised how amazing the supporters are and especially in the tough moments.”
Mata, who won the 2010 World Cup and Euro 2012 with Spain, is believed to have had plenty of offers to move elsewhere this summer.
But he said: “I wanted to stay, I wanted to commit to the club, to keep enjoying wearing the shirt and keep trying my best.”