In a passionate declaration of love for the club, Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has confirmed that despite receiving offers from other sides this summer, he never had any intention to leave the Red Devils.
Mata, 33, first joined United in 2014 following a £40.2m switch from domestic rivals Chelsea.
Since arriving, the technically gifted Spanish midfielder has gone on to feature in 273 matches, in all competitions, directly contributing to 98 goals, along the way.
Although Mata is now approaching the tail end of his career, he still appears to have a burning desire to win major silverware – mixed with his experience, it’s a given that the Spaniard is a valuable member of any manager’s dressing room.
However, with his contract set to expire this summer, although there were early signs the club would look to offer him an extension, Mata was a free agent for a period of time prior to signing on the dotted line.
Speaking recently to the club’s official media team, the 33-year-old has confirmed that although he received offers from other clubs, his only desire was to stay with the Red Devils.
“No, to be honest, you have to think about it,” Mata said. “Of course, because I was a free agent at the end of my contract and, as is normal in the football world, you receive some calls from different clubs and think about maybe potential new stages in your career but, on the other hand, the feeling of being at this club and especially because of how last season went, probably the most difficult season in my life, it didn’t feel natural to me to leave that way.
“Of course, also I’m staying because I still believe I can give so much to the team and I think the club believes the same.
“I’m very, very hopeful and excited to still win trophies here. It’s very special to be a player at this club and it’s even more special to win trophies and that’s why I’m here and all the players are here.”