Juan Mata: “Don’t believe everything in the media.”
— The True Red Devils (@TrueRedDevils__) July 18, 2016
Juan Mata joined Manchester United from fellow Premier League club Chelsea in the January transfer window of the 2013-2014 season. He was signed for the then club record fee of £37.1m by United. The Spaniard had enjoyed a very successful spell at Chelsea, finishing as the club’s player of the year for two consecutive years.
The fact that it was the current Manchester United manager José Mourinho who sold Mata after benching him for a majority of the games has fuelled rumours of the midfielder exiting the club. Since the time José Mourinho took on the job of Manchester United manager, he has been linked with a move out of the club.
Mata had an average 2015-2016 season, scoring just 10 goals in 54 games. And with the arrival of Henrikh Mkhitaryan, Mata’s future in the squad looked bleak. He has to compete with Mkhitaryan, Lingard, Fellaini and captain Wayne Rooney for a spot in the starting eleven.
English outfit Everton, and Valencia, his former club in Spain, have been heavily linked with the midfielder in the past few weeks.
A group of Manchester United fans met Mata outside Carrington, Manchester United’s training ground, and asked him about his transfer situation.
“Don’t always listen to the media,” he told the fans. And when one Red asked him if he was staying, Mata laughed.
Mata came on at half-time in Saturday’s friendly, and Mourinho was particularly warm with the midfiedler, as he congratulated his players at full-time. Mata had previously intercepted the Wigan goalkeeper’s pass, and then passed the ball to United academy product Will Keane, to score the opening goal of the first pre-season game.
The Spain international is loved by the fans, and is a respected figure in the dressing room. Despite not being in the best of form, he has displayed his genius on many occasions. Selling him would surely be a loss for United.