Manchester United‘s interim manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has reportedly moved to tie Juan Mata down to a new contract.
The Spanish playmaker is set to be a free agent at the end of this season, but the Metro claim Solskjaer has told him he should stay at Old Trafford.
This is hugely encouraging news if accurate, with Mata an underrated member of this squad with his quality on the ball, his creativity, and his attitude.
As well as being a top player, Mata is also a top bloke off the pitch, and the kind of experienced character you want in your dressing room.
The Metro claim the 30-year-old’s agent is prepared for talks over his future, so let’s just hope this can be the latest good thing Ole does for our club since he took over from Jose Mourinho last month.
The Norwegian tactician has won all six of his opening six games in charge, and keeping Mata at the club for the long run could be a fine next move, whether it’s for him next season or as a little gift to his permanent successor.