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Why Juan Mata called Angel Gomes a 'former teammate'

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Angel Gomes is highly-rated at Manchester United with the 17-year-old winning the club’s Jimmy Murphy Young Player of the Year award in the summer.

After scoring 12 goals in 19 starts for the club’s Under-18 side last season, Gomes became the youngest player ever to claim the prized accolade.

And the attacking midfielder will return to Old Trafford this week as a World Cup winner after Gomes was part of the England Under-17 side that saw off Spain 5-2 in the final on Saturday.

But despite him being tipped to become a star at the Theatre of Dreams in the future, there’s fear that he could leave the club after failing to sign his first senior contract at the club after turning 17.

And those fears were escalated by Juan Mata on Monday.

At the end of his weekly blog, the Spaniard wrote: “PS: I take this opportunity to congratulate England for winning the Under-17 World Cup in India. In particular to my former team-mate Angel Gomes, who made his debut against Crystal Palace in the final game of the last Premier League season. He’s part of a great generation of players that can bring more success in the future.”

Man Utd fans feared the worst

Understandably, United fans were worried.

Had Mata just revealed that Gomes is set to leave the club after failing to secure a new contract?

Luckily for United fans, that doesn’t appear to be the case.

There's an explanation

According to Manchester Evening News, the confusion was all down to a bad translation.

“Lots of replies to that Angel Gomes tweet asking him not to leave, because the Mata blog references “former teammate,’” they wrote.

“Simple explanation here: bad translation.

“The Spanish says he has shared a dressing room with Gomes and that’s been put as former in English. Don’t panic.”

It seems Gomes is going nowhere after all.

You can beath again, United fans.

Topics:
Paul Scholes
Ryan Giggs
Rio Ferdinand
Wayne Rooney
Juan Mata
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