Juan Mata not retiring at the end of the season

Juan Mata is in the final few months of his contract at Manchester United.

The Spaniard has only made four appearances in all competitions this season, and there has been no indication from the club that he will be getting a new deal.

His role in the squad has become non-existent and it wouldn’t make any sense to give him a new deal, especially if we can get Christian Eriksen on a free in the summer.

That decision may be left for the new manager, who has yet to be appointed with Erik ten Hag believed to be leading the race ahead of Mauricio Pochettino.

According to Fabrizio Romano, Mata will not retire at the end of the season and he will not be joining United’s coaching staff, which was recently tipped by The Sun.

The Italian journalist tweeted: “Been told Juan Mata will not retire at the end of the season, it’s not even an option. He’s now focused on Man united and then he will plan for his future — his current Man Utd deal runs out in June.

“Mata will not join Man Utd coaching staff, it’s not in his plans.”

It is understood that Mata is focused on United and then he will plan his future at the end of the season.

Mata has scored 51 goals and contributed 47 assists in 277 games for United, and he could still play at a decent level in Europe, with interest likely to come from Spain if he leaves England.

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