Jose Mourinho ‘desperate’ to keep Juan Mata at Manchester United: report

Jose Mourinho ‘desperate’ to keep Juan Mata at Manchester United: report

Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho is reportedly ‘desperate’ to keep a hold of Juan Mata as the player’s contract is set to expire.

The Spaniard’s current deal runs out next summer and there’s been no indication that negotiations have even began over an extension.

Mourinho had discussed earlier on in the season that he hoped the former Chelsea man and Ander Herrera would be handed new deals.

The former Real Madrid boss had insisted the duo’s attitude, professionalism and personalities are the kind that United must hold onto.

Unfortunately for him, vice-executive chairman Ed Woodward is the man responsible for contract negotiations and it’s fair to say they don’t necessarily see eye to eye at this time.

According to Old Trafford Faithful, the Sun report that Jose is ‘desperate’ to keep Juan at Old Trafford but could lose him to Arsenal’s Unai Emery with whom he’s worked with before.

There’s definitely a case to renew the midfielder’s contract but he would perhaps have to be a squad player.

Mata is now 30 years old and there’s no way he’ll truly reform hisself as a playmaker from the flanks.

His form in that position has been shaky and fans can tell he’s at his best as an attacking midfielder.

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