Manchester United have exercised the option of keeping Juan Mata for another year by triggering a clause in his contract.
The Spaniard’s deal was set to expire after this season, with many fans believing this would be his last season at Old Trafford. However, Jose Mourinho who sold him to Manchester United when he was the manager of Chelsea has asked for the club to exercise their option to keep him for another year, calling him a “very important player.”
Mata, 29, has been heavily involved in the Red Devils effort to win trophies this season as he has play 26 times in all competitions, netting 3 goals and providing 4 more.
Mata has been attracting the attention of very few European sides this month despite his contract running out, but there have been concrete interest from China, offers that could have seen him triple his current earnings at Old Trafford. But he wants to remain in the Premier League and spoke of his delight at renewing his Manchester United contract.
The Red Devils play Tottenham in a must win game as they hope to keep the pressure on league leaders, Manchester City. They also hope to conclude talks with Marouane Fellaini this month as an offer remains on the table for the big Belgian.