Jose Mourinho provides Man United transfer update on Juan Mata
Jose Mourinho addresses the future of Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata
Jose Mourinho says there is space for Juan Mata in his Manchester United squad this season.
The Spain international has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League rivals Everton in recent weeks following Mourinho’s appointment as Louis van Gaal’s successor in May.
The Portuguese coach sanctioned the sale of Mata to United from Chelsea in January 2014 after the midfielder failed to secure a regular starting spot in Mourinho’s Chelsea side.
Mata played a crucial role in United’s first trophy in the post-Sir Alex Ferguson era after the World Cup winner scored in the Red Devils’s 2-1 extra-time FA Cup final victory over Crystal Palace at Wembley.
However, United manager Mourinho has hinted that Mata could have a future at Old Trafford after all.
“In this moment I arrive, he’s here, he works hard. He knows that I know he is a good player and he has space in the squad,” Mourinho told Press Association – as quoted by Irish Independent.
“But again until the 31st of August the market is open for every one of my players that is not happy. But to be fair, I think he is. I think he is happy and I am not expecting him to ask to leave. I am expecting him to do what he is doing now, which is to fight for a place.
“In the end there will be space for everyone. We have 38 matches in the Premier League, we expect to play a lot of them in the Europa League and domestic cups, so a squad of let’s say 22 players (means) there will be a space for everyone. So, yes, there is a space for Juan.”
United have already signed three players in the summer transfer window.
Mourinho wrapped up a £30m deal for Ivory Coast and Villarreal defender Eric Bailly before Zlatan Ibrahimovic agreed to a transfer to United from Paris Saint-Germain.
Henrikh Mkhitaryan became the third of Mourinho’s summer signings after swapping Borussia Dortmund for the Red Devils in a £30m deal.