Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has insisted he stay at least for the next few seasons as he prepares for a game-changing game when the Premier League returns.
United's next game would be the Spaniard's 250th game for the Red Devils. A number that Mata cannot believe has emerged so quickly.
Mata wants to bring more cutlery to Old Trafford before leaving
In an interview with his club's Twitter account, Mata spoke of the pride he felt for serving as a United player for so long, and recalled the beginning of his time after moving from Chelsea in January 2014.
He said: "It feels like it happened very quickly, it feels like time is passing. I didn't know it was going to be my 250th game, but I'm proud. If it's your first game playing, you feel like you are in A New Beginning, a very exciting moment in your life playing for this club. I don't want to stop here, I want to go ahead and add games in a United shirt. "
Mata joined Man Utd for £ 40m and made his debut against Cardiff City, led by his current boss, Ole Gunnar Solskjær. He continued the interview, remembering the day he joined the club and came to the reigning Premier League champion by helicopter.
"I have to start with the day of my arrival and the way I arrived by helicopter. It was unforgettable. David Moyes greeted me at the club, De Gea was there too. After my debut we played with Cardiff Als with Ole I always remember Cardiff Manager. "
Acrobatics against Liverpool for Mata
Mata ended the game by scoring some of his favorite goals in a United shirt, including his first goal against Villa and the equalizer he scored in the 2016 FA Cup final. Of course, a special place in his memory for the astonishingly saved overhead kick he scored in Anfield and scored a 2-1 win over Liverpool in January 2015.
"My first goal was against Aston Villa at Stretford End. It was a chaotic goal, not very nice, but I think it was eight or nine games without a goal for the club, so it was very important to me.
"We lost the goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace and it was almost the end of the game. When I scored a goal, I was also glad that I helped the team to win. I am always the game at Anfield came." back why not? I also like to think about it at the Europa League final and hope that many more will follow. "