Juan Mata has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United. The Spanish midfielder will stay at Old Trafford until the summer of 2022. The 33-year-old had seen his previous deal with the Red Devils expire at the end of June. He is now out of the free agent pool and will remain at the club until 2022.
WHAT HAS BEEN SAID?
Juan Mata has signed a new one-year contract with Manchester United. The Spaniard will stay at Old Trafford until June 2022, the club have confirmed. The 33-year-old completed a transfer from Chelsea in January 2014 and has since made 273 appearances as a Red. He has scored 51 goals in the process, including a memorable brace against Liverpool in 2015.
Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has signed a new one-year contract with the club. The Spaniard was named in the Premier League’s Player of the Month for June by Sportsmail. Jose Mourinho praised Mata’s influence on Solskjaer’s young, improving squad. He said
“JUAN IS RARING TO GO IN WHAT WILL BE HIS NINTH SEASON AT MANCHESTER UNITED”
“CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR NEW DEAL, EL MAGO.”
THE BIGGER PICTURE
Mata faces fierce competition for places within United’s squad, with Solskjaer not short on creative options.
The likes of Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba and Donny van Beek are all battling for the right to provide a playmaking spark.
Uncertainty over regular game time could have forced Mata to look elsewhere, with minutes needed at this stage of a distinguished career.
He has, however, committed to another 12 months in Manchester and will be looking to help the Red Devils bring a five-year wait for major silverware to a close in 2022 – having already taken in FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and Europa League triumphs during his time with the club.
United are due to open their 2021-22 Premier League campaign with a home date against arch-rivals Leeds on August 14.