The World Cup winner is expected to enter free agency this summer, but the Red Devils still have a 12-month extension option in his contract.
Juan Mata faces an uncertain future at Manchester United with no extension option factored into an ongoing contract to free agency, but Ole Gunnar Solskjaer says he will continue to monitor the situation closely.
As it stands, a World Cup-winning midfielder registered at Old Trafford since January 2014 will be allowed a new challenge at the end of the season.
The 33-year-old hasn’t featured as often as he would have liked this term, making just 16 appearances in all competitions, but there could remain a role for him in Solskjaer’s plans if the Spaniard decides that he would like to stay. .
What was said?
Asked about Mata’s future ahead of a Premier League meeting with Fulham on Tuesday, Solskjaer said: “I have kept the dialogue going with Juan and we have to speak again very soon.
“Of course he hasn’t played as much as he would like and that’s a decision we’ll take with him. He’s in charge of his own future and he’s been such a good servant for the club.
“But of course it’s hard, as I’ve said so many times, to exclude the right players, the right people from the team.
“Is it about what he wants as the next step in his career?” [to] is still playing his career here, or is it going elsewhere?
“We haven’t made a final decision yet.”
How did Mata fare for Man Utd?
David Moyes has descended the ranks at Chelsea for a Champions League winner as he desperately sought a fortuitous reversal that would keep him from losing his lead in Manchester.
Moyes only lasted a few weeks after Mata arrived, but the Spain international has become one of Old Trafford’s oldest players.
He made 271 appearances for the Red Devils, scoring 50 goals along the way.
Mata has won FA Cup, League Cup and Europa League victories with United, with another Continental award up for grabs this season.
An affable character has been a fan favorite at Stamford Bridge and Old Trafford, having never given less than 100% to any given cause, and has also put his profile to good use off the pitch by creating the Common Goal charity movement.