Juan Mata hints at longer Man United stay: ‘I want to keep going and going’

Juan Mata has recently hinted that he wishes to remain at Manchester United for a long time.

Mata’s Man United stint

Mata has been plying his trade in England for just shy of a decade.

The Spaniard joined Chelsea in the summer of 2011 from Valencia.

Mata went on to rack up 135 appearances for the capital giants, scoring 32 and assisting 58 across these outings.

The World Cup winner was then was sold to Manchester United in 2014. The Red Devils are understood to have paid around £37m for Mata’s services.

The versatile midfielder has since notched 249 appearances across all competitions for United, in which Mata has scored 48 and assisted 42.

The veteran has also won a handful of trophies, one of which came in the form of the Europa League.


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Mata eyeing extended stay?

Mata would turn 32 last month, and has just over a year remaining on his current United deal.

The club, though, are said to possess an option to extend the 41-time capped international’s deal by a further year.

But despite his age and expiring contract, Mata is seemingly hoping to remain on the books of Man United for the considerable future.

Speaking in a recent video on the Red Devils’ official Twitter account, Mata was drawn on the fact that his next appearance, whenever it comes, will be his 250th for the club:

“It feels like it has gone very quickly, it feels like time flies. I didn’t know it was going to be my 250th game, but I feel proud.”

The former Chelsea standout then went on to hint that he wishes to stay at Man United for a long time, explaining:

“When you play your first game you feel like you are in a new beginning, a very exciting moment in your life playing for this club. I don’t want to stop here, I want to keep going and going, and keep adding games in a United shirt.”

Quotes via Goal.

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This article was edited by Conor Laird.