Talent is something that has never lacked at Old Trafford, particularly these days. However, what does happen is that said talent might not receive the adequate game time, despite being best suited for their preferred spots. This is a fine recipe for an inevitable exit, and one that seems to be brewing quite formidably in the case of Juan Mata.
The Spaniard has been playing second fiddle to Henrikh Mkhitaryan over recent weeks, and it is not something he’ll be all too happy about. In fact, during their embarrassing 1-0 loss to Chelsea, the former Blue wasn’t even on the bench.
Now, according to reports in Deporte Valenciano, no new deal will be struck between the Red Devils and the 29-year-old, and this could mean that Valencia will be more than willing to sign the creative midfielder.
However, the task of the La Liga side won’t be an easy one. Valencia hope to make the signing when Mata is out of contract and will be available as a free agent. Despite that, they might struggle financially should the player ask them to match the sizable salary package he currently pockets.
With Daily Telegraph reporting that United will look to activate a one-year extension clause in his contract, Valencia might be out of the picture altogether, as any attempt then would involve a transfer fee.
Further, with Mata being left out from encounters against Swansea, Tottenham, and the away trip to Stamford Bridge too, prospects aren’t looking all too good. His ability isn’t one that requires any doubt, as he was a ready source of goals till last season and has been one of the few players that have worked out well through the awful David Moyes era.
Keeping all of this in mind, Mourinho will have an important decision at hand, and should some other club come knocking, he might not have an option at all.
Written by Naveen Kelvin
A writer trying to craft the poetry within football. Purpose in life is to Make Good Art.