The mother of Manchester United Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has died after a battle with serious illness.
According to a report by Spanish publication La Nueva Espana on Monday, Marta Garcia passed away on Monday after a battle against illness that had lasted for several months.
Mata was very close with his mother and previously described her as “undoubtedly a key figure in my life”.
Juan Mata’s late mum, Marta Garcia
The 32-year-old was absent from United’s squad for a number of weeks in late January and February, with manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer saying little on the subject other than “he has been away for a little while”.
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Mata discussed his close bond with his mum in his 2019 autobiography, Juan Mata: Suddenly A Footballer , in which he opened up on their “ritual” pre-match phone call.
The Spanish World Cup winner wrote: “My mother has…
Source: Complete Sports