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Mata: “De Gea is relaxed and calm despite transfer issue”

Football Manchester United v ArsenalJuan Mata has said that David De Gea is “calm” and “relaxed” despite the collapse of his proposed transfer to Real Madrid.

De Gea looked poised to move to the Santiago Bernabeu on Monday night, only for the deal to fall through after the paperwork was not submitted in time, leading both clubs to blame each other for the mishap.

The 24-year-old was named in Spain’s squad for Euro 2016 qualifiers against Slovakia and Macedonia and Mata said he expects him to perform as usual.

“He seems the same as ever to me. He’s calm, relaxed. He has a naturally calm personality. These have been difficult days but he is ok,” said Mata on Wednesday.

“It is good for him to be here with the national team too. I think his personality will help. He is always calm. Even in moments of maximum pressure or stress he still plays well. His personality will help him on and off the pitch.”

Asked whether there was a risk of De Gea losing focus in the wake of what happened on Monday night, Mata insisted his teammate was an example of professionalism.

“David is professional and he always will be,” said the United number 8.

“His desire and professionalism will remain intact. Any team in the world would be better off with him in it. The fans always support the team, all of us, and they will support him.

“He is a friend and he is very professional. I wish him the best and I am sure he will be fine. He will manage the situation.”