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Real Madrid target Mata

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Juan Mata’s contract at Old Trafford is set to expire next summer and Real Madrid have become interested in the midfielder’s situation.

Juan Mata was left out of Manchester United’s squad to face Chelsea last weekend in Premier League and Mourinho’s decision sparked questions over the Spanish midfielder’s future at Old Trafford, especially considering the fact that his contract will expire next summer. Furthermore, Mata was substituted in each of the 11 starting appearances that he made for the Red Devils this season.

The 29-year-old’s relationship with Mourinho is a complicated one. The Portuguese manager sold Mata to Manchester United while he was managing Chelsea and while the midfielder played an important role in the squad last season, it now appears that his contribution has been diminished. Mata is also reportedly unhappy with the position he is being played in at Old Trafford.

According to Express, Real Madrid have now become interested in Mata’s situation and are pondering a move for the midfielder, in an effort to rescue a season that has not started great. Juan Mata started his footballing career at Real Madrid, as a youngster, later on making a name for himself at Valencia and then Chelsea.

According to the report, Manchester United would be willing to listen to offer for Mata, as they will be trying to cash in on a player that will soon turn 30 and is out of contract next summer. Despite entering the last period of his career, Mata believes he still has enough left in him to continue to play at the highest levels for many years to come: “It’s gone quickly to be honest. I made my professional debut when I was 18 in Real Madrid’s second team, and then in Valencia in the first division when I was 19. So it’s 10 years which went really, really quickly.

Time flies, in general, but, in football, even more. But I see myself young in a way, you know, my body feels good, my mind feels good. I’m hungry to keep enjoying this sport. So hopefully, all being well, I can be playing football for many more years.

You just have to be professional – as I have been – and take care of your body, because your body is your tool to perform at the good level for many years. I think it is so important that you don’t take anything for granted. 

You must wake up every day feeling lucky and privileged and go to training with the best motivation, because anything can change in one second. So don’t be taking anything for granted, even in football.”