Juan Mata has decided he wants to stay at Manchester United and try to resolve his differences with incoming manager Jose Mourinho, according to the Daily Mail.
The Spanish playmaker was only allowed to join the Red Devils from Chelsea in 2014 because Mourinho was convinced he did not have the attributes to flourish in his system.
Despite being something of a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge, Mourinho ostracised him from the first-team and eventually agreed to sell him to their Premier League rivals for £37million.
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Now, Mata faces the exact same problem he faced three years ago. Mourinho is set to become Manchester United manager and that has inevitably led to speculation regarding his Old Trafford future.
But despite their obvious differences, Mata is reportedly ready to sit down with Mourinho and fix any bad blood that still exists between them. He does not believe the situation to be beyond repair and is keen to remain in the Cheshire area.
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His father recently opened a restaurant in the centre of Manchester and none of his family members are looking to move. However, the ultimate decision will fall to the Special One and some form of compromise will be needed if Mata is to stay in a red shirt.
Out of position
Even without Mourinho at the helm, Mata has struggled to establish himself at Manchester United. Louis van Gaal has used him in a variety of positions over the last two seasons before ultimately sticking him on the right-wing, but the Dutchman frequently bemoaned the team's lack of quick wingers, suggesting he would have been replaced this summer anyway.
Ideally, Mata plays as a No.10 behind the striker but has not had the chance to do that since Rafa Benitez was in charge of Chelsea in the 2012/13 season. He may have won Chelsea's player of the year in that campaign but Mourinho simply did not rate him.
Signing off in style
If Mata does leave in the summer, he can at least leave at the height of success. The diminutive midfielder scored the equalising goal in the FA Cup final against Crystal Palace, which United went on to win in extra time.
And Mata told the fans they deserved the success after a long and disappointing campaign.
He wrote in his blog: “Being able to win this Cup for you, after your unconditional support throughout the entire season, makes me feel absolutely happy and proud. You deserved it, for sure.
"Celebrating with you one more title in this club's unbelievable history. It was a fantastic feeling: the season in the Premier League was not as good as we expected but, after going through some difficult moments, we never gave up and kept working to increase the club's record."
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