Mata to stay at Man United, accepts reduced role – report

Date published: Friday 26th August 2016 8:05

Mourinho Mata

Juan Mata and Jose Mourinho have agreed that the midfielder will remain at Manchester United, albeit with no guarantee of first-team football.

Mata’s future has been the subject of much speculation following the appointment of Mourinho earlier this summer after being sold by the manager while at Chelsea two years ago.

Mourinho is keen to trim his squad at Old Trafford and Mata has been attracting plenty of interest, with Everton among the clubs linked with the Spain international.

But according to the Daily Telegraph, the 28-year-old will now remain with the Red Devils for the ‘foreseeable future’, although he is set for a limited role.

Mata has started United’s opening two matches of the Premier League season but Mourinho has earmarked new signing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to eventually come into the starting XI once fully fit.

United’s squad will be reviewed in January, and the former Valencia playmaker’s long-term future at the club could still be in doubt.

Phil Jones and Matteo Darmian, meanwhile, have been told they will not be leaving for the time being, while United are struggling to move on a number of unwanted players.

Bastian Schweinsteiger, who currently earns over £200,000-a-week, insists he will not join another European club, while Memphis Depay is also available, although only for a fee close to the £26million the winger was signed for.

Andreas Pereira was set to join Fulham until the Londoners’ director of statistical recruitment, Craig Kline, rejected Slavisa Jokanovic’s plan to take him on loan.

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