David Moyes spoke exclusively to
How pleased are you to have signed Juan Mata?
I’m really pleased. He’s someone we’ve been interested in for a long time. We couldn’t say much about it but he was certainly on our radar for a couple of months in the hope that we could get him. I never felt we would get that opportunity because I wasn’t sure that Chelsea would ever sell him to us. Thankfully we got there and I’m delighted he’s here.
How surprised are you that Chelsea have allowed their Player of the Year for the past two seasons to join one of their traditional rivals?
I’m a bit surprised because it’s not something that tends to happen especially between Premier League teams. We’ve got a really exciting player and one I’m looking forward to working with. He did a great job for Chelsea in the last few years with his goalscoring and assists and I’m looking forward to seeing him in the red jersey now and doing it for us.
People have spoken about how excited they are at seeing him link up with the likes of Wayne, Robin and Adnan…
I want to build an exciting team. That’s always the way I’ve wanted my football to be played and I’ve not known it any other way. I want to win and give the supporters something to shout about because I’ve not done that often enough. What I will say is this is the first of many more to come in time. I’m looking forward to Juan being the start of it.