Juan Mata has revealed why, unlike Spanish companion Ander Herrera, he decided to stay at Manchester United this summer after agreeing a new two-year contract extension.
The 31-year-old’s new deal will keep him at Old Trafford until June 2021, with the option for a further year that can be triggered by the club. Negotiations over Mata’s new deal had been prolonged with the midfielder wanting more than the original one-year deal offered to him by Ed Woodward, a wish he has now been granted.
In an interview with MUTV, Mata said: “The first thing is the feeling of belonging to this club. I think it is something special and unique. We know that in football there are three or four big clubs in the world, or in Europe, and United is one of them.”
“Despite it not being the best moment in our history, even though we have won trophies, that feeling of waking up every day and feeling like a Red Devil is unbelievable so I wanted to keep feeling that,” Mata added.
“I have been here a bit more than five years and I have realised how amazing the supporters are and especially in the tough moments. I wanted to stay, I wanted to commit to the club, to keep enjoying wearing the shirt and keep trying my best. I cannot imagine if we win a big trophy how it would be, how the town will change red. I imagine myself in that situation so that is another reason why I wanted to stay.”
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