Juan Mata is glad to be back in Spain’s national squad after being left out of the side for an extended period by Vicente del Bosque.
The Manchester United midfielder has been called up for the last two consecutive Spain squads as a consequence of his fantastic club form and is deservedly back where he belongs.
It’s going to be tough for Mata to force his way into Spain’s starting XI for Euro 2016 thanks to their wealth of midfield options but if he can continue this season how he’s started, it will be hard for Del Bosque to ignore him.
“They were difficult months because I always wanted to come back [to the national team],” he said.
“But I’ve never taken anything for granted, not when I was included regularly and neither when I was left out. I’ve always had confidence in myself and I am happy to be a regular again.”
Seeing Mata in the best run of form since he joined United is fantastic as he’s such an elegant player to watch – take his assist against Wolfsburg as the perfect example of that – and he’s become a vital player for us this season.
It’s sickening to think that Spain has enough depth in midfield to leave Mata on the bench and still be one of the best teams in the world but if he continues playing as he has so far, he’ll surely make it impossible for Del Bosque to ignore him.