Juan Mata dismisses exit talk: The reality is I am happy at Valencia

The midfielder was speaking ahead of Sunday's crunch European Under-21 Championship clash with England and claims Manchester United target David de Gea is one to watch

Valencia midfielder Juan Mata has said that he is content to remain at his current club, insisting that he is happy where he is.

Mata is currently preparing for Spain's Euro Under-21 Championship campaign that kicks off on Sunday evening with a crunch game against England.

The 23-year-old is reportedly being chased by a host of Premier League clubs including Chelsea and Manchester City, but the Spain international wants to remain at the Mestalla.

"Being here [in Denmark] isolates us all from speculation. If we were on holiday we would probably hear more. The reality is that I am happy at Valencia. It took me four years to break through but now I can play regularly in the first-team and for Spain," he is quoted as saying by AS.

"I am putting in a lot of effort to come [to Denmark]. I enjoy playing here as the oldest player. This is not a step down or a holiday for me but a different challenge, which will improve me as a footballer."

When asked which players he felt stood out ahead of the tournament in Denmark, Mata was not short of names and mentioned Manchester United target David de Gea as a player who is set to make an impression in Scandinavia.

"There are many. Midfielders such as Thiago [Alcantara], Ander [Herrera] and [Dani] Parejo as well as Iker Muniain, who is 18 but plays like he is 30," Mata enthused.

"There is also the strong [David] De Gea and Adrian, who is a complete player."

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