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    Manchester United star Juan Mata eager for return to Spain fold


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    Juan Mata has claimed that he is optimistic of reviving his Spain career following the appointment of Luis Enrique as head coach earlier this month.

    The 30-year-old was part of the victorious Roja teams at the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship but earned the most recent of his 41 caps for the nation in a friendly in November 2016.

    Mata was excluded from Spain's squad for this year's World Cup but is hopeful of turning his fortunes around under former Barcelona boss Enrique.

    "I was disappointed not to go (to the World Cup)," the Manchester United midfielder told ESPN. "But then after that, I was hoping for them to win.

    "Now, things have changed. We have a new manager again, Luis Enrique... I'm again excited about the possibility of coming back. I obviously want to come back and try to play as many games as I can with the national team.

    "I'm really excited about it and I think the future, it can be still bright for Spain, because we have young players coming that, as I said, they have the level to compete.

    "We have some senior players that we have been there for some years and we have the experience so I think it's a good mix and hopefully it can be a good future for Spanish football."

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