Man Utd player Juan Mata ‘refuses to sign new deal’ in transfer meeting with Spanish club


Manchester United attacking midfielder Juan Mata is refusing to sign a new contract ahead of a proposed transfer to La Liga, according to reports.

Mata has been in England since the summer of 2011, thanks to his £24million move from Valencia to Chelsea. He went on to make 135 appearances for the Blues, helping them win three trophies. They won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League while he was at Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish international, winner of the World Cup and the European Championship, then chose to make a surprise transfer to United. The Red Devils paid £37.1million to land Mata in January 2014, making him their most expensive player at the time.

The playmaker appeared in over 20 Premier League appearances for five successive seasons, before his influence on the team began to wane.

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He made just nine league appearances last season after falling behind Bruno Fernandes and Paul Pogba in the pecking order.

Mata’s fortunes haven’t improved under the German boss Ralf rangnickmeaning the veteran could secure a transfer away from Old Trafford.

Sports witness, which quotes Spanish journalist Yon Cuezva, claims that the player is in negotiations for a return to La Liga.

Mata senior involved in transfer talks

Mata’s father and agent Juan Manuel Mata apparently had a meeting with Real Sociedad chief Jokin Aperribay. They discussed Mata’s potential move to San Sebastian once his contract with United expires in the summer.

spanish exit LIKE give more details about the situation. They claim Mata is refusing to sign a new deal with United so he can negotiate with other teams through the Bosman decision.

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La Real are ‘longtime admirers’ of the star, and they could finally fulfill their transfer dream on July 1.

Mata’s move would see him join former rival David Silva, should the Manchester City legend agree to an extension at Real.

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Meanwhile, former United player Luke Chadwick believes Lingard should receive more opportunities under Rangnick.

The Englishman hasn’t played in the league since the 3-2 win over Arsenal in early December. He could leave the club this month after entering the final months of his contract, like Mata.

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“I’m really surprised we haven’t seen more of Lingard since the new manager arrived,” Chadwick said. Caught offside.

“Rangnick wants to play with high energy and there aren’t a lot more high energy players than Jesse Lingard.

“In this 4-2-2-2 formation, the movement he has, he’s probably one of the best at the club to run past the striker, not just to receive the ball wide to the feet.

“I think it would be worth giving him an opportunity. The way he plays, the style of football we see under Rangnick, he could be a real asset.

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