Juan Mata has signed a new contract with Manchester United. The former Valencia star will be one of the oldest players on the squad. And he will also be one of the longest-tenured players on the senior side.
“Manchester United is delighted to announce that Juan Mata has signed a new contract, which will keep him at the club until June 2021, with the option to extend for a further year. During his time at United, Mata has won an Emirates FA Cup, a League Cup, the UEFA Europa League and FA Community Shield. The midfielder has been capped by Spain on 41 occasions and was a member of the squad that won the 2010 World Cup, as well as the 2012 European Championship”, the club website announced.
Mata and Solskjaer’s words regarding the deal
Juan Mata: “It is a real honour to continue to represent this amazing club and our incredible fans. I have been at Manchester United for five years and I am proud to call Old Trafford my home. I am looking forward to working with Ole [Gunnar Solskjaer] and his fantastic coaching staff; the vision that they have for the club is truly exciting and I am so happy that I will be a part of that.”
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer: “Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with. He is a great example to our younger players in his approach. He understands what it means to be a Manchester United player and has embraced everything about this great club. As well as everything he brings on the pitch, we have some fantastic young players here and I know that Juan’s vast experience will help them to reach their potential over the coming seasons. I am delighted that he has signed a new contract, as I know that his talent and mentality will be invaluable to the squad.”
How long will he remain at Manchester United?
The 31-year-old’s contract was going to expire at the end of the current month. But now both parties have reached an agreement for a two-year deal. This means Mata will stay at the club until the end of the 2020-21 season. However, there’s an option to extend it for a further 12 months afterwards.
Mata joined The Red Devils from Chelsea in January 2014 after a two-and-a-half-year spell with The Blues. He won the FA Cup, the Europa League and the Champions League with the Stamford Bridge outfit.
The Spaniard has made 218 appearances for Manchester United throughout his career, scoring 45 times.