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21st May 2022

Juan Mata reveals he’ll talk to Man Utd boss Erik ten Hag about his future

Daniel Brown

Mata’s contract expires in June

Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed that he has a ‘conversation pending’ with incoming manager Erik ten Hag about his future at the club.

The Spaniard is expected to leave Old Trafford when his contract expires in June after agreeing to a 12-month extension with the Reds Devils last summer.

Despite making just 11 appearances this season, the 34-year-old has since revealed that he is set to discuss his future with United and could still remain with the Premier League giants.

Mata, speaking to The Athletic, said: “I will see when we speak how we feel, what his ideas are, after that a decision will be made.”

Mata agreed to new deal for a number of reasons

He agreed to contract extension, which was on on vastly reduced wages, for a variety of reasons, adding: “First because I love the club, second because I hoped I could give much more on the pitch than I ended up doing, and third because last season was horrible for me, for many reasons, especially because of the passing of my mum.

“It wasn’t an easy season at all with the pandemic and that personal tragedy.

“I didn’t want to end my career at Manchester United that way, without fans in the stadium, with all that I have lived over the last months.”

Juan Mata Ten Hag future

Spaniard expected Man United to challenge for title

The former Chelsea man also suggested that he believed that the Red Devils could challenge for the title after the signings the club made in the summer – insisting that he ‘wanted to be part of that’.

“I am gonna be very honest, when we made the signings we made I genuinely felt, ‘We are gonna really compete to win the Premier League now.’ That’s why I renewed, I wanted to be part of that,” Mata said.

“One of the things I always say: winning a massive trophy with Manchester United would be an incredible feeling after being here for so many years, knowing the fans and everyone working in the club like I do.”

Mata has made 284 appearances for United, registering 51 goals and 47 assists during his time at Old Trafford.

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