Current Manchester United star Juan Mata may leave the Old Trafford for Valencia, according to various reports. But the player will see out his contract and if a move happens, it will only take place next summer.
Manchester United signed Juan Mata in 2014, who since has been a stalwart for them, making 187 appearnces and scored 39 goals. But the Spanish midfielder is set to join his old club Valencia, after seeing his time limited at the Old Trafford.
Daniel Cutts of The Sun reported the Spain international is yet to agree a new deal with the Red Devils, with his current contract set to expire at the end of the season.
The 30 year old played for Valencia four seasons from 2007 to 2011 and has 129 La Liga apperances for them, before joining Chelsea in 2011. He also won the Champions League with Chelsea in 2012.
Mata has been a regular under Jose Mourinho, despite of his sale under the Portuguese manager from Chelsea in 2014, but in the last season his struggle with United has seen him not selected in the World Cup squad of Spain this year.
There is a strong speculation that the former Chelsea man is wnated by Los Che, but the Spanish side will have to match wages with Manchester United, as Mata currently earns £130,000 per week at the Manchester club.
According to Cutts, a United source commented:
“It is well-known Juan is wanted by Valencia. There is a strong connection between the two. His deal is up next summer and it looks likely he’ll leave unless something changes soon. We know Juan’s motives are not related to money and there’s a very strong emotional attachment to take into account.”
It has to be seen how things span out as United are also rpeorted to have started a possible contract renewal of the Spanish International, who yet not has signed that. With age not on his side, a move to La Liga can’t be ruled out for Juan Mata.