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I played with Michael Carrick!

14 May 2018

Hi everyone,

Class. On and off the pitch. That is, for sure, the best way to describe Michael in just one word. Class in every minute of his football, making things easy, understanding the game, making the right choices and always looking ahead. Playing with Michael is a blessing because you know heís going to find you. All you have to do is make a move to find a line of pass, and he will take care of the rest with his feet and his mind.

Michael is the right example to show that, in football, you need not only physical conditions but your mind as well. Thatís how our number 16 plays: thinking, understanding, analysing the game. He is, no doubt, one of the best midfielders of his generation, although in certain moments he has been underrated Ė never by his team-mates nor by any other colleague in this sport, for if you like football you like Carrick. As a captain he has always led by example, with no need to raise his voice, using words that were full of common sense, passion and experience.

Everybody respects Michael, for his impeccable career and the way he is. Thank you so much for everything, my friend, and good luck in the future. I played with Michael Carrick!

Have a nice week. Hugs,
Juan Mata


PS: We donít forget about the FA Cup final. As from this Monday we focus on the last (and big) game of the season. We are looking forward to adding a happy ending to the season!