Spain teammates Juan Mata and Diego Lopez say they're pleased they quit Real Madrid.

Valencia midfielder Mata said: "My selection with Spain is proof enough that the day I decided to leave Real Madrid was the right choice."

And Villarreal goalkeeper Lopez also remarked: "If I hadn't left Real Madrid I would just be a reserve, watching the game from the bench.

"Everyone knows how difficult it is to succeed from the juniors of Real Madrid and Barcelona, but fortunately there are other teams."