Manchester United goalkeeper David de Gea has urged new manager Louis van Gaal not to offload Juan Mata this summer.
The Dutchman was recently announced as the Red Devils’ new head coach, and has already been linked with a host of big name stars.
Bastian Schweinsteiger and Toni Kroos of Bayern Munich are names on his radar as well as Ukrainian winger Yevhen Konoplyanka, which has led to talk that established players may be sold to free up space and raise funds.
One star to have been linked with a move is Mata, who only arrived at United in a £37.1m club record deal during January.
The Spaniard is most comfortable playing off of a main striker, which has led to talk that he may be seen as expendable by van Gaal, who is set to use Wayne Rooney in the role with Robin van Persie up front.
But de Gea believes that the playmaker is a key man at Old Trafford and must be kept:
“I would not sell Juan Mata. He is very important player for us,” he is quoted Goal.
“We have taken a qualitative leap with him and he has adapted very well”.