Manchester United’s attacking midfielder Juan Mata has signed a new one year contract extension, keeping him at Old Trafford until the summer of 2019.
With the club announcing the deal on their twitter account last night:
— Manchester United (@ManUtd) January 30, 2018
Mata moved to Old Trafford in January 2013 for £37.5 million from Chelsea, and has gone on to win the FA Cup, EFL Cup and the Europa league during his four seasons at the club.
Ironically, current Red Devils boss Jose Mourinho was in charge at Stamford Bridge when the Spanish international was sold to United, and many observers predicted he would struggle under the Portuguese coach.
However, the clubs manager seemed delighted that the 29-year-old has signed a new deal when he spoke to MUTV:
“Mata is very important. When I arrived one-and-a-half-years ago, [they said], ‘Mata is in trouble, in trouble, in trouble’, and now he’s getting an extension of one more year. An important player for me; important player for the club; important player for the other players.”
Mata has made 130 Premier League appearances for United, and provided a goal or assist in almost every second game.
He is a hugely popular figure at Old Trafford with staff, players and fans, so everybody connected with the club will be delighted he has extended his time with the club.