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  • Manchester United's Juan Mata, right, keeps the ball from Cardiff City's Peter Whittingham during their English Premier League soccer match at Old Trafford Stadium, Manchester, England, Tuesday Jan. 28, 2014. (AP Photo/Jon Super)

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  • FILE - This is a Saturday, May 25, 2013, file photo of Chelsea modfielder Juan Mata gestures toward spectators at the end of an friendly soccer match against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mata is edging closer to joining Manchester United from Chelsea. In a sign that Mata's Chelsea exit is nearing, a person familiar with the situation says the midfielder didn't train with the first team on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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  • FILE - This is a Saturday, May 25, 2013, file photo of Chelsea modfielder Juan Mata gestures toward spectators at the end of an friendly soccer match against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mata is edging closer to joining Manchester United from Chelsea. In a sign that Mata's Chelsea exit is nearing, a person familiar with the situation says the midfielder didn't train with the first team on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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  • FILE - This is a Saturday, May 25, 2013, file photo of Chelsea modfielder Juan Mata gestures toward spectators at the end of an friendly soccer match against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mata is edging closer to joining Manchester United from Chelsea. In a sign that Mata's Chelsea exit is nearing, a person familiar with the situation says the midfielder didn't train with the first team on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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  • FILE - This is a Saturday, May 25, 2013, file photo of Chelsea modfielder Juan Mata gestures toward spectators at the end of an friendly soccer match against Manchester City at Yankee Stadium in New York. Mata is edging closer to joining Manchester United from Chelsea. In a sign that Mata's Chelsea exit is nearing, a person familiar with the situation says the midfielder didn't train with the first team on Wednesday Jan. 22, 2014.  (AP Photo/Julio Cortez, File)

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