Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata felt frustrated by the summertime speculation surrounding his future at the club. The Spain international was persistently linked with a move away from United following the arrival of Jose Mourinho in May, and Mata admits the discussion annoyed him.
Mata, 28, was sold by Mourinho during his second spell in charge of Chelsea, which seemed to fuel speculation that the Portuguese's arrival would trigger the midfielder's exit. But according to Mata, he is very happy with the Reds.
"It gets to you because even if you don't read them [the newspapers] then a friend or a family member calls you and says, 'what is this, what is that, are you moving here, are you moving there?'," the United star told talkSPORT.
"There was a lot of things said that I didn't like and they were not true, that was the big problem. If they say something that is maybe happening then that is fine, but [when they are] creating stories I don't like [it].
"They were saying that I was leaving, that I was going to this club, that I was speaking to this club, that I had conversations with the manager about this, that I was changing my number – a lot of things that were not true."
Mata also opened up on his relationship with Mourinho, revealing he has never had any conversations with the manager about his status at United. Mata had no doubts, though, that he wanted to continue at Old Trafford.
"I don't know what he [Mourinho] thought, but I did what I always did. Not just here in Manchester but during my career, and all footballers' careers, there are always rumours and you have to do your job. I did mine and I am trying to do mine the best I can," the United midfielder explained.
"I was and am very happy in the team. I feel important in the team and that is it. I feel loved from the fans and the rest is speculation."