Juan Mata is on the verge of renewing a one-year contract with Manchester United, despite limited playing time
Juan Mata is ‘going to earn a surprising new 12-month deal at Manchester United’ with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer eager to keep the services of a ‘highly respected and experienced’ midfielder at Old Trafford despite a lack of playing time.
- Juan Mata came over from Chelsea in 2014 for a club record of £ 37.1 million at the time
- The midfielder played for the club 267 times, scoring 50 goals
- He has struggled for playing time this season, starting in the league just four times
- He would be released on a free transfer at the end of the season
Juan Mata is on the verge of earning a one-year contract extension with Manchester United, despite limited playing time at the club.
The Spanish midfielder has been at Old Trafford since January 2014 when David Moyes bought him from Chelsea for a then club-record sum of £ 37.1 million.
The 32-year-old was a regular in his early years at United, having played 37 times last season, but has seen his chances diminish this season, playing just 12 times in all competitions.
Juan Mata is set to earn a surprising new 12-month contract extension with Manchester United
He was expected to be released on a free transfer, but according to the Daily star, United have decided to initiate a one-year extension that will allow them to sell him, with the Spaniard believed to be valued at around £ 5 million.
It’s a situation that works for both club and player. Considered a highly respected and accomplished dressing room player, Mata has business interests in Manchester, including owning a restaurant.
It means that the juggling of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer will continue in an already packed midfield. Donny van de Beek has only started the league twice this season, while Jesse Lingard will try to make his way back to the side following his recent form for West Ham.
The midfielder struggled for playing time this season, starting only four times in the league