Football/Soccer

Juan Mata signs new two year deal with Manchester United

Juan Mata has commited his future to Manchester United for a further two years

Juan Mata has signed a new contract with Manchester United until June 2021, the Premier League club have announced. 

It was reported earlier in the week that Juan Mata was expected to sign a new contract and today he put pen to paper. 

"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," said Mata after signing a new deal.

"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."

Solskjaer added: "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."

The 31-year-old Spaniard moved to Old Trafford from Chelsea in 2014 and quickly became a popular figure on and off the field.

In 2017 Mata announced that he was pledging one percent of his salary to a charitable movement called 'Common Goal', which won the Spanish star many plaudits. 

Mata's contract was set to expire at the end of this month and the Red Devils will be happy to secure his services for another two years.

The attack-minded midfielder has scored 45 goals in 218 appearances for United and his new deal is a boost for a club in the midst of change.

Combative midfielder Ander Herrera and captain Antonio Valencia are leaving on free transfers, while there are questions marks over a number of other key players.

Paul Pogba is keen for a "new challenge" and Romelu Lukaku would welcome an Old Trafford exit, while question marks remain over the future of Alexis Sanchez and David De Gea.

Swansea's Daniel James is the only summer arrival so far, while United are interested in Aaron Wan-Bissaka and Harry Maguire.

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