“Everywhere you go, always take De Gea with you”

Today I am writing this just after getting back home after our win at Wembley. It’s our sixth in a row, which as you can imagine is contributing to a positive atmosphere in the team. The time that we spent together in Dubai last week was good, we enjoyed the togetherness that these kinds of camps give you, and the sun always helps. On top of that, we worked hard to prepare for the game that awaited us in London.

We paid Wembley a visit feeling good, against a Tottenham side that is very tough to play against. They started by pressing us, but we put ourselves in front after a great move just before the half-time break. It was a fantastic pass from Paul and the perfect finish from the Wonder Kid. In the second half, as was expected, Spurs made us suffer, to be honest. But David appeared, once again. He showed yesterday that he is an amazing goalkeeper, and the second 45 minutes emphasised that in memorable fashion. It seemed impossible that a goal would go in for them. He gave off the impression that no matter where they put the ball, it would end up with him. Incredible. Thanks to him, and the hard work from all of the team, we took three important points to keep climbing up the table. Next weekend we welcome Brighton, with everyone wanting to extend our current run in front of our own fans.

For me, the week had another important moment on Thursday, in Madrid, where I had the honour of receiving one of the National Sport Awards. It was a really lovely morning. Some of my family were able to join me and the award is recognition for the work we have done over the last year and a half with Common Goal, which as you know is a movement that keeps on growing. The award that I was given in my country’s royal palace is for everyone that shares our idea and that supports, each in their own way, our initiative. It was also a pleasure to spend the day with some of the people from the film ‘Campeones’, you were all great.

Before I say goodbye, I would like to wish Andy Murray luck for his future after announcing that he will be retiring from professional tennis. Although, I still hope that he can prolong his career as long as possible before reaching the end. I admire him hugely not only on the court, but away from it, and I’d like to thank him for the many moments that I have enjoyed watching his tennis, especially at Wimbledon. I wish him the best.

Hugs, and I hope you all have a good week.

Juan Mata


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