There have been contrasting reports in regards to Juan Mata’s future at Manchester United over the last 24 hours or so. Although one thing has remained constant – he will sign a new Red Devils deal.
The latest update comes from the usually reliable Guardian, who somewhat surprisingly say that Mata is set to sign a new three-year deal at Old Trafford.
Mata’s new contract will keep the 31-year-old at the Theatre of Dreams until 2022, when he’ll be 34. There is also the intention that the attacker will remain at the club in some sort of capacity when his playing career is over.
United’s #8 sees his contract run down in just two weeks time and Mata has been locked in contract talks with the club for quite some time. Although his salary will not significantly change from the £140,000-a-week that he currently takes home, it is thought that the three-year deal on the table was what swayed him to sign.
The report also adds that Solskjaer sees Mata as a useful squad player despite an increasingly limited role over the last twelve months.
Don’t get me wrong, I like Mata and he’s a proper classy bloke. However, it’s what he does on the football field that matters most. I definitely wanted him to stay and I was all for giving him a new deal, but three years?
Usually United tend to offer over 30 players twelve month extensions and I’m not quite sure why the club have broken that mould with Mata. He’s hardly set the world alight on a consistent basis – and this just further proves to me that the club’s powers-that-be don’t really have a clue what they’re doing at this point in time.