Manchester United midfielder Juan Manuel Mata has showered high praise on new Arsenal manager Unai Emery amidst transfer rumours linking him with a free transfer move to the Emirates Stadium at the end of the current season.
The 30-year-old played for Unai Emery at Spanish La Liga giants Valencia for three highly successful years.
Mata and Unai Emery were together with Los Che between 2008 and 2011.
He spoke about the 46-year-old tactician via the extract of Unai Emery’s biography published on the Daily Telegraph.
The former Chelsea star praised his ex-manager’s meticulousness and work ethic.
This is coming on the back of reports linking him with a reunion with Unai Emery at Arsenal.
The Spanish international playmaker is in the last year of his contract at Old Trafford which is scheduled to expire next summer.
The doubts over a new contract with Manchester United prompted the transfer links to top four rivals Arsenal.
Despite the rumours, Mata has been one of the key performers for an underperforming Manchester United team.
The Red Devils have recovered from a poor start to the new Premier League season and the three-time European champions have now won two and drawn one of their last three games.