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Transfer window: Man Utd veteran Mata not ready to quit Old Trafford

Manchester United veteran Juan Mata isn’t ruling out staying next season.

The midfielder’s contract expires on June 30 and he is anticipated to leave United at the end of the season.

Despite being expected to leave on a free transfer alongside Paul Pogba, Edinson Cavani, Nemanja Matic and Jesse Lingard, the 34-year-old refused to rule out another term.

The Spaniard told The Athletic that he has a “conversation pending” with incoming boss Ten Hag and will make a decision on his future following the discussions.

“I will see when we speak how we feel, what his ideas are, after that a decision will be made,” he revealed.

Mata signed a one-year contract extension last summer on greatly reduces wages to stay at the club and revealed he made the decision for a number of reasons.

He said: “First because I love the club, second because I hoped I could give much more on the pitch than I ended up doing, and third because last season was horrible for me, for many reasons, especially because of the passing of my mum.

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“It wasn’t an easy season at all with the pandemic and that personal tragedy.

“I didn’t want to end my career at Manchester United that way, without fans in the stadium, with all that I have lived over the last months.”

He added: “I am gonna be very honest, when we made the signings we made I genuinely felt, “We are gonna really compete to win the Premier League now.” That’s why I renewed, I wanted to be part of that.

“One of the things I always say: winning a massive trophy with Manchester United would be an incredible feeling after being here for so many years, knowing the fans and everyone working in the club like I do.”

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