Juan Mata new contract: There could be issues in Juan Mata’s new deal at Manchester United.
Manchester United have been in fine form this season. The side is on a seven-game winning streak at the moment.
The season has been rejuvenated with the arrival of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer as the caretaker manager of the side. The manager is yet to drop points since his appointment.
Manchester United will take on Arsenal in the FA Cup fourth round later this week after defeating Reading 2-0 earlier this month.
However, the contract situations of some players have been a concern for Manchester United’s hierarchy, as well as their fans. While Scott McTominay agreed a new deal with the club this month and Anthony Martial close to sign a five-year contract, David De Gea, Juan Mata and Ander Herrera are yet to put pen to paper on a new deal.
And now, there have been reports that Juan Mata’s demands could be conflicting with Manchester United’s plans for the player.
Juan Mata new contract:
According to Manchester Evening News, the Spanish midfielder is eyeing a two-year deal with the club.
However, Manchester United usually has a policy of offering one-year contracts for players above the age of 30.
— Samuel Luckhurst (@samuelluckhurst) January 23, 2019
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 22, 2019
Former Manchester United players like Ryan Giggs, Paul Scholes and Michael Carrick, amongst others, have all signed new contracts at the end of every year after they turned 30.
Recently, the-then 34-year-old Zlatan Ibrahimovic was also signed on a one-year contract with an option to trigger a year’s extension.
Nemanja Matic, who was 29 at the time of his arrival at Old Trafford, was given a relatively shorter deal than most players who have signed for Manchester United in their early-20s.
The only major exception which could help Juan Mata’s cause in his bid to secure a two-year contract is Marouane Fellaini, who was given a two-year deal last year. He turned 31 in November.
@juanmata8 is a true legend & gent I manage @WTFC1946 U12s & one of our kids dad sadly passed away before Christmas he made a promise that he would come to one of our training sessions and present him a shirt Tonight he did & spent 45 minutes joined in and was a star what a man pic.twitter.com/upnRom36rG
— Fergus (@fergusmufc) January 16, 2019
Manchester United is more and more confident about the extension of the contracts of Anthony Martial and David de Gea. Matthew Judge, head of corporate development, also deals with the contracts of Ander Herrera and Juan Mata. [London Evening Standard] #MUFC pic.twitter.com/fMAABv8pJe
— Ammad United 🤘😈 (@Ammadutd) January 22, 2019
Juan Mata signed for Manchester United in January 2013 from Chelsea. While he is not a guaranteed first-team starter under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer, he remains an important member of the squad.
The Spaniard started in all the three victorious finals for Manchester United in the FA Cup (2016), EFL Cup (2017) and Europa League (2017).