After penning a new contract last month, Juan Mata has revealed that the feeling of being a Manchester United player, as well as his ambition to drive the club onto success were his motivations to extend his stay at Old Trafford.
Mata's previous deal was set to expire at the end of last season but after a long discussion about his future at United, the Spaniard signed a two-year extension towards the end of last month to tie him to the club until 2021. The deal also has a further one-year option which can be triggered.
In an interview with MUTV, Mata revealed his reasons for extending his contract at United, "There were many things, the first thing is the feeling of belonging to this club, it's something special, unique. We know there are three or four big clubs in Europe and United is one of them.
"Despite it not being the best moment in our history, even though we have won trophies, that feeling of waking up every day and feeling like a Red Devil is unbelievable so I wanted to keep feeling that. I wanted to stay, I wanted to keep giving my best to bring United where it belongs. I've been here more than five years and I realize how amazing the supporters are even in the tough moments.
"So I cannot imagine if we win a big trophy how it would be, how the town will change red. I imagine myself in that situation so that is another reason why I wanted to stay. I've lived difficult moments but I am really looking forward to living great moments with this club.
"Despite all that I wanted to stay. I wanted to commit with the club and keep enjoying wearing this shirt and keep trying my best."