Manchester United star Juan Mata has high praise for Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen

The Danish midfielder has impressed Mata in the Premier League.

Manchester United star Juan Mata has been talking to The Football Republic this week about all things football and the talented Spaniard made a big statement about Tottenham Hotspur midfielder Christian Eriksen.

The Dane has been impressing in the Premier League ever since arriving from Ajax and the United man is clearly a big fan.

He told the site, as seen in this YouTube video, of his admiration for the player:

"I like, for example, [Claudio] Marchisio. He is a midfielder at Juventus and I think he does almost everything right in the game.

"I like as well Eriksen, the Tottenham player.

"I think he is very smooth, has great quality on his right foot and I really like to watch him."

The Tottenham star is certainly one of the more elegant players in the Premier League and it is refreshing to see this level of open admiration from a Premier League rival.

Mata and Eriksen however share many characteristics. Both play in the attacking midfield role, best through the middle and both have a deadly eye for a pass and free-kick accuracy.

Spurs fans will no doubt agree with the Manchester United player regarding the talents of their star man. However, they will hope the pair do not end up playing together any time soon.

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