Juan Mata to leave Man Utd on free transfer at end of season after club 'refuse to activate one-year extension clause'

JUAN MATA is set to depart this summer as Manchester United have decided not to trigger his one-year extension clause, per reports.

That means he will be a Red Devil for just a few more months as his contract is set to expire in the summer.

The Spaniard has very much been on the fringes at Old Trafford this season, and has not started a game since the FA Cup win over Watford in January.

And he will not be part of Ole Gunnar Solskjaer's plans moving forward, according to the Manchester Evening News.

While Mata has not had much of an impact on the pitch, he is a key figure in the Man United dressing room.

"I'm happy to play with a legend like Juan," said Donny Van de Beek back in September.

United have youngster Amad Diallo coming through, too, so he will have to make good use of Mata while he is still around.

It will be interesting to see where he ends up, with Serie A trio Juventus, Inter Milan and Roma all targeting the playmaker.

The 32-year-old could also seek a move back to his native Spain or a more lucrative offer playing in the Middle East.

He has been in and out of the United team since he was signed for £37million by David Moyes in 2014.


But Mata has made 267 appearances for the club and won the Europa League and League Cup in 2017, as well as the FA Cup in 2016.

He also scored a memorable double at Anfield in 2015, so should be remembered fondly at Old Trafford.

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