Juan Mata, who left the English giant Manchester United and signed for Galatasaray one day before the closing of the transfer, wore the yellow-red jersey for the first time in the friendly match played with Istanbulspor.
In the national break given to the Super League, Galatasaray shared its trump card with Istanbulspor. Yellow-Reds won the match played by Ali Sami Yen 2-1 with goals scored by Barış Alper Yılmaz and Mauro Icardi (pen.).
Adi Mehremic recorded the only number of yellow-black players. Juan Mata, who is among the stars announced by Cim Bom one day before the closing of the transfer, also wore the Yellow-Red jersey for the first time. Fighting with the number 64 shirt, the Spanish player made a strong impression in his first match.
His harmony with Icardi drew attention
The experienced player, whose transfer process was managed very secretly and was announced at once, gave a very good appearance despite his age and not playing an official match for a long time.
The 34-year-old football player’s compatibility with Argentine superstar Mauro Icardi also drew attention. Mata gave hope to the Yellow-Red community for the future.
“Turkey’s biggest and most successful team”
Making a statement after the match, the star football player stated that he wanted to win championships in Galatasaray. “Galatasaray has always been a great team for me. It’s a big team in Europe playing in the Champions League. The biggest and most successful team in Turkey. I needed something I could fight at the highest level. I want to win championships here.” uttered his words.
“When I got the offer, I immediately jumped on the plane”
Talking about the transfer process to the Yellow-Red team, Mata said, “My transfer to Galatasaray took place in a very short time. After receiving an offer from such a great team from Turkey, we completed the negotiations within a few hours. I immediately jumped on the plane and came here.” said.