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Mata eager to stay with Man Utd as contract winds down

Juan Mata is eager to stay with Manchester United.

The Manchester Evening News says Mata’s preference is to stay at United with his contract due to expire at midnight.

United have the option to keep Mata, 33, for an additional year and the club clarified on June 4 they were still in discussions to extend his deal.

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Mata only played 18 times last season but spent a significant portion of it at home in Spain as his mother was seriously unwell. Marta Garcia sadly passed away in March.

United signed Mata from Chelsea for a then-club record £37.1million in January 2014 and he started in the 2016 FA Cup final victory, as well as the 2017 League Cup and Europa League final triumphs. Mata has scored 51 goals in 273 United games.

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