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Juan Mata speaks out about his future as he nears the end of Man United contract

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The beginning to Ole Gunnar Solksjaer's tenure at Manchester United has inspired a new-found sense of hope around the club.

Both fans and the players themselves seem motivated by Solksjaer's managerial style, from the way his players perform on the pitch, to the glowing positive mentality he brings.

The Red Devils have won all five of their games since Solskjaer took charge last month. The new gaffer has even offered valuable first-team experience for academy products such as Angel Gomes, Tahith Chong, and James Garner.

However, several key players for United will be out of contract in the summer, leaving the club's board with some important decisions to make before May.

One of those players is Juan Mata.

Since arriving at United, Mata has featured predominantly out wide as opposed to his favoured central role.

Nevertheless, the Spaniard has still managed to become a fan favourite through his moments of class on the pitch as well as off it.

In a recent interview with Diario AS, Mata was asked whether he's entertained the thought of a return to Spain once his contract expires. 

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He replied: "I've been in England for a long time and I feel very comfortable there.

"I have adapted very well to the league and to the culture, but it's natural that you miss your home, your family, and friends.

"But honestly I do not know if I will return to Spain in the near future, it is not something I have given a lot of thought to."

The 30-year-old moved from Valencia to England in 2011 to join Chelsea, before transferring to United in January 2014.

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Despite being free to negotiate with clubs outside of England, Mata emphasised he is focused on the work he faces in the remaining six months of his contract.

He continued: "I am at Manchester United, one of the most important clubs in world football. That is all I am thinking about."

Do you expect Mata to prolong his time in Manchester? Should United start looking for a long-term replacement? Let us know in the comments.

Topics:
Ole Gunnar Solskjaer
Football
Premier League
Juan Mata
Manchester United

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