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Juan Mata joins Galatasaray on a free after leaving Manchester United

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Juan Mata has signed a two-year contract at Galatasaray (Picture: Galatasaray)

Juan Mata has signed for Turkish giants Galatasaray on a two-year deal having left Manchester United earlier in the summertime.

The 34-year-old’s eight-and-a-half 12 months keep at outdated Trafford got here to an finish final season upon the expiry of his contract, however he was in no rush to signal for a brand new membership.

Mata was linked with quite a lot of groups in the summertime together with ones in Turkey and his native Spain, in addition to United’s outdated rivals Leeds.

Upon signing for Galatasaray, Mata mentioned: ‘Everybody informed me what a pleasant ambiance this place has. I’m ready for the second when I’ll expertise this.

‘I can’t wait to struggle in entrance of our followers. Galatasaray is the crew with the best success in Turkey.

‘It is usually a membership that has a spot within the historical past of soccer. Thanks everybody for the nice and cozy welcome.’

The switch window in Turkey closed on Thursday and it proved to be a busy deadline day for Galatasaray who made 5 signings in whole together with Mata and star striker Mauro Icardi from PSG on mortgage.

Lucas Torreira joined Galatasaray from Arsenal in the summertime (Picture: Getty)

Earlier within the window, in addition they introduced in veteran ahead Dries Mertens on a free from Napoli and defensive midfielder Lucas Torreira from Arsenal for £5.4million.

Mata will hyperlink up with three ex-Premier League gamers, particularly Torreira, former Crystal Palace left-back Patrick van Aanholt and winger Milot Rashica who’s on mortgage from Norwich.

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Having come by Actual Madrid’s academy, Mata first made a reputation for himself at Valencia earlier than becoming a member of Chelsea in 2011.

Mata gained three trophies at Man Utd together with the 2016 FA Cup (Picture: Getty)

The attacking midfielder was an enormous hit at Stamford Bridge, profitable Chelsea’s Participant of the 12 months award in each of his full seasons in west London.

With the Blues, he lifted the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League however ultimately fell out of favour with supervisor Jose Mourinho and departed for Manchester in January 2014.

He was by no means fairly pretty much as good for United as he was for Chelsea, however however helped the Pink Devils win the FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League.

Over the course of his United profession, Mata made 285 appearances, scored 51 targets and made 47 assists.

He was additionally a star for his nation, having been a part of the unimaginable Spain facet that gained the World Cup in 2010 and the Euros in 2012.

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