Juan Mata Agrees Three-Year Contract Extension At Manchester United

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Juan Mata will sign a contract extension at Manchester United in the coming days after both parties agreed on a three-year deal.

It was believed Mata originally wanted a two-year deal with the club only offering a one-year offer, putting the Spaniard’s future into doubt.

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However, Mata will now sign a three-year deal at Old Trafford, meaning he’ll be 34 by the time the contract comes to an end and the Manchester Evening News reported in April that the midfielder has also been offered a role as a club ambassador when he calls time on his career.

Mata was due to be a free agent at the end of June after negotiations over a new deal stalled and the Red Devils seem to have abandoned their policy of offering players over thirty contracts no longer than one-year. Unlike Spanish companion Ander Herrera, Mata’s preference was always to stay at United and the decision to offer him a new deal was based on the belief he will benefit the dressing room, according to the Telegraph.

Many fans had wanted United and Ole Gunnar Solskjær to show a ruthless streak this summer and rid the club of its deadwood, but Mata earning a three-year deal could set the tone for yet another season of players who have had multiple chances to prove themselves being afforded another opportunity, whilst Paul Pogba and Romelu Lukaku look set to depart after arriving in 2016 and 2017 respectively.

One positive of Mata’s extension could be a higher chance of David De Gea also extending, given negotiations with the club haven’t moved forward recently and Herrera’s exit meant United’s number one lost a close friend in Manchester. De Gea has also been linked with a move to Paris Saint-Germain, yet no concrete news has arrived on his future.

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