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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata: Obscene wages make starlets think they're rock stars

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata insists he would "happily take a pay cut" within the bubble of football and claimed some younger players need to tone down their "rock star" behaviour.

Mata signed for United from Chelsea in 2014 and has made 99 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 24 goals.

He could add the FA Cup to his CV this term, after Louis van Gaal's side booked their place in the final, while the Spaniard appears almost embarrassed by the easy life he and his colleagues live.

Mata said: "I'd happily take a pay cut if there was less business involvement in the sport.

"At this level we're very well paid and sometimes you think that there really isn't much of a difference between x and x+3."

Mata added: "Football is very well remunerated at this level. It's like we live in a bubble.

"With regard to football, I earn a normal wage but compared to 99.9 per cent of the world, I earn an obscene amount.

"Every player thinks he's (Diego) Maradona when he joins a big club. That happens to all of us but then you start to notice it in the younger players. You see kids who think they're rock stars; wearing extravagant clothes and driving fancy cars... sometimes you have to have a word. If you can keep a cool head, you'll be able to handle yourself."

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