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Manchester United star Juan Mata believes Spanish players plying their trade in the Premier League are not getting the recognition they deserve in their back in Spain. he also claims that Spanish media do not care about the Premier League as much as they should.
The former Chelsea star singled out Arsenal star Santi Cazorla as a perfect example as the star is not respected back in Spain because he plies his trade in England.
Mata also hailed Wayne Rooney as one of the greatest England players of all-time despite his poor start to the season.
“I have thought about that sometimes and I have the feeling that maybe (Spain forget about the players who are playing abroad). When you do not play in Spain you are not on the daily radar of the newspapers. That importance we have in England sometimes does not reach us from Spain. Obviously, the national team manager and his staff watch our games. I do not think that (playing abroad) has an influence in the call-up (of the national team) but in the level of repercussion. The media do not talk too much about what happens here (in the Premier League),” the Manchester United star said. “Obviously it’s a fantastic League which deserves to be covered (by the media) but sometimes I think that (the Spanish media don’t do it). Santi Cazorla comes to my mind. He is a super important player, one of Arsenal captains and in Spain he is not so recognised.”