Juan Mata will become a free agent in the summer and there is every chance that after 10 years spent in England, he will go somewhere else, but he will not go further than the "league of five" Juan Mata has been counting the last months at Old Trafford, slowly packing things up and deciding about his new destination.
The creative midfielder has not been in the first plan at Manchester United for a long time, he entered the last six months of his contract, but he did not decide to change the environment in January. He will complete the contract, which expires at the end of June, and apparently, he will not return to his homeland as expected.
Manchester United has the option to extend the contract with the 32-year-old for another year, but it is unlikely that they will reach for that option, and the Spaniard does not leave the impression of someone warming up the bench.
Mata has collected 12 appearances in all competitions in the current season, and Juventus, Milan, and Inter have shown interest in the Spanish midfielder. Although he did not play for Solskjaer, the Norwegian strategist was not surprised that the Italian giants would gladly see him in their teams.
Conte wants Mata
"I am not surprised that these teams are interested in him. He is a very good football player, a fantastic professional, and a man, "said Solskjaer. Antonio Conte often turns to players who play in England.
Romelu Lukaku, Alexis Sanchez, Mateo Darmian, and Ashley Young shared the locker room with Mata at Old Trafford, so they could be Inter's trump card for the Spaniard's signature. Let's remind: Mata arrived at Manchester United in 2014 as a big signing, but he still did not show what was expected of him.
He had great games and knew how to show that he is a quality player, but he was missing something that would bring United better results. Now in his later years, Mata will have to choose what is the best option for him. Although Mata has never been a fast player, there is no doubt that he knows how to play with the ball.
It should not be forgotten that today's footballers play at a top-level a lot longer than was the case before and therefore it should be understood the fact that Mata can still provide a lot if he gets in the right shape