United Star Juan Mata Hopes to Revive His Spain Career

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata is hoping to revive his career with Spain now that the national team has a new manager. Luis Enrique, who led Barcelona from 2014-2017, was announced as the new La Roja boss yesterday. He replaces Julen Lopetegui, who was sacked on the eve of the World Cup due to his taking the Real Madrid job for next season while still employed as the Spain manager.

Mata only featured once under Lopetegui, so the Enrique regime provides a fresh start for him. Juan Mata hopes an impressive 2018-19 season at Manchester United will get him back into the national side.

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“I will do everything in my power to return to the national team,” Mata said to Marca.

“I hope the new coach will count on me because I’m going to do everything possible to go back. I would love to help Spain become champions again.”

Mata has scored 10 goals and made 41 appearances for Spain, highlighted by the 2010 World Cup title.

“I now return to work (in the Premier League) and I hope this is a passionate season, a good one for me and for my team,” head said. The aim is to win the Premier League and do a good job in the Champions League, but above all to continue to enjoy playing football. This is my eighth year in English football and I consider myself a privileged person.”

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The sacking of Lopetegui made Spain one of the top storylines heading into the tournament, and it was not the type of publicity that anyone involved would want. Under Enrique’s former club and country teammate, interim manager Fernando Hierro, Spain advanced to the round of 16, but fell to host nation Russia in a penalty shoot out.

Spain crashed out of the 2014 World Cup in Brazil during the group stages, and couldn’t advance beyond the Euros in 2016.

“We all know what happened with the coach and to the national team at the World Cup in Russia. Now is the time to rest and try again,” Mata said.

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