Mata's World Cup hopes revived by United move

Published on NewsOK Modified: January 27, 2014 at 10:59 am •  Published: January 27, 2014

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — While he sat on Chelsea's substitutes' bench this season, Juan Mata could see his chances of playing for Spain at the World Cup slip away.

Mata already had been dropped from Spain's roster once this season and with the country blessed with so many playmakers, he was in danger of being overlooked for the defending champions' 23-man roster for the tournament in Brazil.

That was one of the key reasons Mata pressed for a move from Chelsea once Manchester United showed interest in signing him.

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