Juan Mata delighted with Spain return; backs De Gea to overcome failed transfer

David De Gea won't have problems at Manchester United, feels Juan Mata, who delighted with his own return to the Spain squad.

After his move to Real Madrid collapsed on transfer deadline day, Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea remains the centre of attention, having now linked up with his national team in the Spanish capital.

De Gea is carefully guarding his thoughts, therefore at his press conference on Wednesday, inevitably Old Trafford team-mate Juan Mata was questioned about how his colleague is feeling right now.

"He looks the same as he always does, calm and relaxed." Mata suggested, whilst also assuring: "It's been a very bust few days for him, but now he's focused on the national team and he's a great professional. It will do him good being here."

Asked about how he feels United fans will treat De Gea, upon his return to Manchester, Mata underlined with confidence: "David is a professional and will carry on being so. He's a great goalkeeper and any team in the world would better with him. The fans will back him and the rest of the team."

As for Mata himself, getting his first call to the Spain squad singe the hugely disappointing 2014 World Cup, provides extra motivation for the 27-year-old.

He explained: "Those of us who were in Brazil still have a thorn in our sides, but I still think this generation of players is capable of achieving great things. We want to keep our run going and to win another EURO Championship."

Adding extra spice to his return to the squad, Spain face Slovakia in Mata's home town of Oviedo at the Nuevo Carlos Tartiere stadium on Saturday. He enthused: "I'm really excited to be returning home and to Oviedo. It's a stadium I used to go to when I was little and it's a fantastic coincidence."

Regarding his absence from the plans of Vicente del Bosque, since Spain failed to make it beyond the World Cup group stages in 2014, Mata simply suggested: "He has to make his decisions and I have to do my job. At United I've always felt needed and happy with my performances. I've always been keen to get back into the Spain squad, especially in such an important year."

Speaking of his form, Mata concluded: "I'm happy about how I did last season and now, playing and scoring goals. Just like every other time, I want to be here in the Spain squad for a long time."

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