Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has praised Arsenal manager Unai Emery claiming that the Spaniard is special in the way he communicates.

Mata worked under Emery during their time together at Valencia before the Spanish midfielder moved to Chelsea in 2011.

The 30-year-old, who joined Valencia in 2007 from Real Madrid, spent four years with Emery at the Mestalla Stadium.

The Spaniard has been strongly linked with a move away from Old Trafford in recent days with Arsenal said to be interested the playmaker.

And the Spain international has claimed that he has an admiration for the former Paris Saint-Germain manager.

“I think what’s special about Unai is the way he communicates,” Mata said in a new biography about the Arsenal manager.

“In his talks, he used to write three, four or five things on the board: those were the points he was going to bring up.”

“Sometimes it was five phrases or metaphors he was going to explain. I’ve never seen that with my other managers. They usually revolved around phrases about positivity, camaraderie, the values he wanted to create in his team.”

“He communicated by means of the points he had written down. His talks could go on and on because he didn’t notice the time, but what he said was always intense, and he would ask you questions. It became a kind of seminar.”

Emery won three consecutive Europa League trophies with Sevilla before moving to Paris Saint-Germain where he won Ligue 1 title, Coupe de France, Coupe de la Ligue and Trophée des Champions.

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