Juan Mata's World Cup hopes revived by Manchester United move

Juan Mata's chances of playing for Spain at the World Cup were slipping away when he was almost unused at Chelsea. A new stint with Manchester United is expected to help him become a mainstay in the Spanish World Cup squad.

updated: January 27, 2014 23:40 IST
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Manchester: While he rotted away on Chelsea's substitutes' bench this season, Juan Mata could see his chances of playing for Spain at the World Cup slip away.

Mata had already been dropped from Spain's squad once this season and with the country blessed with so many playmakers, he was in real danger of being overlooked for the trip to Brazil to defend their title.

That was one of the key reasons why Mata pressed for a move away from Chelsea once Manchester United registered its interest in signing him.

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