According to reports, Manchester United are reportedly looking to reward Juan Mata for his fine form by initiating talks of a new long-term deal for the Spaniard.
The Spain international has been one of the very few positive performers for the Red Devils so far this season, weighing in with five goals and one assist so far to prove himself a valuable asset to manager Jose Mourinho.
The 28-year-old’s current deal will expire at the end of next season, but it is understood that the Red Devils can activate a 12-month extension to take him through to the summer of 2019.
There were earlier reports that Juan Mata and his representatives are ready to wait until the summer of 2017 to talk about contract renewal. However, according to the Sun, Mourinho is pushing to tie the player down as early as possible to avoid losing a vital member of his squad. The 28-year-old currently earns £130,000 per week at Old Trafford and is happy with life in Manchester.
A Manchester United source said: “Juan has been a key part of the team this season, despite a relatively poor start.
“It was thought his contract talks could wait, but Jose is keen to tie down some of the players whose deals are tuning out.”
Earlier it was reported that Mata would be moved out of Old Trafford once the Portuguese took the control, having been sold by Mourinho to Manchester United in January 2014 but surprisingly the former Chelsea player of the year has become a key figure under the Portuguese. The midfielder also captained the side twice this season, recently in Sunday’s 1-1 draw with West Ham United.
The Spaniard has regularly talked about his affection for Manchester United and the fan favourite hopefully, might want just to sign another long haul deal at the club following his great understanding with Mourinho.