Juan Mata was not involved with Spain in their recent Euro 2016 qualifiers, and he is keen on returning to action for Manchester United.
The former Chelsea star was left out of the Spain squad that took on Slovakia and Luxembourg in Group C over the past few days.
The 26-year-old attacking midfielder watched his teammates have mixed fortunes. While Spain suffered a shock 2-1 defeat to Slovakia in Zilina, they got the better of Luxembourg at the Stade Josy Barthel on Sunday.
Mata was in Asturias over the weekend on a short break and took a flight back to Manchester on Monday.
Writing on his blog shortly before leaving Spain, the former Valencia star said: ‘I’m on my way back to Manchester looking forward to our game against West Brom next Monday, the one that closes the eighth week. I’m sure we will work very well on it during these coming days in order to get a new victory’.
Mata is one of the best attacking midfielders in the world, but he has not been at his best for over a season now.
Having struggled to feature in Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho’s plans last season, he was sold to United in January 2014 for a transfer fee of £37.1 million.
Mata was expected to reinvigorate himself at Old Trafford, but so far he has yet to reach the heights of his first two seasons in the Premier League.
There are question marks on his future at United under manager Louis van Gaal because of the attacking talent that the Dutchman has at his disposal.
However, due to the rib injury to fellow Spanish midfielder Ander Herrera and the suspension of forward Wayne Rooney, Mata is now likely to start for United against West Bromwich Albion at The Hawthorns in the Premier League next Monday.