EXTENSION: Mata signs a one-year deal at Old Trafford
PA - Rafal Oleksiewicz
Juan Mata has signed a new one-year deal with Manchester United, the club have announced.
The 33-year-old Spaniard, whose previous contract was expiring this summer, has been with United since joining from Chelsea in 2014 and has gone on to make 273 appearances, scoring 51 goals.
Mata netted the equaliser at Wembley when the Red Devils won the FA Cup in 2016 by beating Crystal Palace 2-1 after extra-time.
The midfielder also helped the club win the League Cup in 2017 and the Europa League a year later.
Mata was limited to 18 appearances in all competitions last season, partly due to personal circumstances.
He has been capped 41 times by Spain and was a member of the squad that won the 2010 World Cup and the 2012 European Championship.
The club website made a statement following the news: "Dubbed a magician on the pitch and a gentleman off it, Mata has become one of the most popular players in recent United history and he is highly respected by all of his team-mates.
"The World Cup winner’s influence on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s young, improving squad is invaluable and the manager continues to be a huge supporter of the fleet-footed Spaniard.
"While his 2020/21 season was limited to 18 appearances, partly due to personal circumstances, Mata’s contribution remained and he was notably one of six Reds to win our Player of the Month awards, alongside Edinson Cavani, Bruno Fernandes, Paul Pogba, Marcus Rashford and Luke Shaw.
"With a new one-year contract agreed and pre-season training about to start at Carrington, Juan is raring to go in what will be his ninth campaign at United. "
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