Juan Mata is set to see his Manchester United contract extended by a further twelve months.
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer is taking this Manchester United side in a fresh direction. He’s putting faith in youth and giving the generation of tomorrow their chance.
However, the Baby Faced Assassin also recognises how important it is to have experience in and around this squad, too. The signing of Edinson Cavani reaffirms that point.
Another, shall we say, older player who remains at the club is Juan Mata. The Spaniard has seen limited action this season, though his importance in and around the dressing room is there for all to see.
Well, United are set to extend the contract of the Reds veteran by a further year, despite only making twelve appearances in all competitions this season. That’s according to the Daily Star in an exclusive.
The reasoning behind that could be to protect the value of their asset before eventually selling him on. The report claims United will command a £5m fee to allow Mata to leave, which honestly seems more hassle than it’s worth.
United have extended players’ contracts before to ensure they get some sort of transfer fee for a player – only for no suitable offers to come in. That then leaves the Old Trafford club with some hefty wages to pay.
If the latter happens, it’s claimed Mata is ‘more than happy’ to stay with the Manchester outfit for another twelve months.
Apparently, Mata is a ‘hugely liked’ figure within that dressing room, while Solskjaer understands his overall importance to the team.
I still think it’d be best involved for Mata to be moved on this summer, mind…
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