Manchester United have several players with winding down contracts, which is quite unusual, given the fact the club are often on top of these situations.
One such player is Juan Mata. The loveable Spaniard, 30, has a deal that expires this summer, putting the club into worry about potentially losing him for free.
Now, according to the BBC, clubs from both England and abroad are ‘on alert’ as his long-term future still remains up in the air.
The report adds that staying at United would actually be Mata’s preference, but if they can’t come to a contractual agreement, he may have no choice in moving on.
Mata has to be worried after only starting two of Solskjaer’s eight games in charge and that must certainly be making him think about where his long-term future lies.
He’s also at that age where there is only chance for one final, big-money contract. Whether he gets that at United or elsewhere is up to him, but I’d imagine the majority of the Old Trafford faithful will want him to stay.
Mata just brings something different to the table. It’s his creativity, cleverness and intelligence with the ball at his feet. That’s something that this squad doesn’t have in abundance, and in those home games where teams will come with the sole purpose at sitting back, he’d be perfect in those situations. For that reason, I hope he remains a Red Devil.