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Football: Mata joins Manchester United for record transfer fee

Published on Jan 26, 2014 6:00 AM

MANCHESTER, England (REUTERS) - Spain playmaker Juan Mata has joined Manchester United for a club record transfer fee of 37.1 million pounds (S$78.68 million) from Premier League rivals Chelsea.

"I am thrilled to be joining United," the 25-year-old told the club's website ( on Saturday.

"I have enjoyed some very happy years at Chelsea but the time has come for a new challenge. United is the perfect place for me and I am excited at the chance I have to be part of the next phase in the club's history."

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