Juan Mata can choose from three leagues as he searches for his next club after Manchester United, according to a report.
Mata won the FA Cup, Champions League and Europa League with Chelsea before joining Manchester United in January 2014. The Red Devils paid Chelsea just over £37m for his signing, according to BBC Sports.
The attacking midfielder then played 285 times for Manchester United, registering 51 goals and 47 assists. He won the FA Cup, League Cup, Community Shield and Europa League during his time at Old Trafford.
However, Mata hasn’t always played regularly for United and he’s fallen down the pecking order in recent years.
Last season he made just 12 appearances in all competitions, including seven in the Premier League. The 34-year-old failed to complete a full 90 minutes in the league throughout the campaign as his managers opted for other options.
On June 2, it was announced Mata would leave United when his contract expires. A statement from the club read: “Thank you for devoting eight years of your career to United, Juan.
“Everyone at the club wishes you the best for the future.”
Mata is therefore available as a free transfer. And it represents a very good opportunity for a club to seize.
Juan Mata receives a contract offer
The playmaker still has the ability to make an impact at a decent level, even though his fitness isn’t what it used to be. He has won numerous trophies during his career and should bring a winning attitude to his next team.
According to a Spanish source Mundo DeportivoMata has three options as he prepares for the next part of his career.
The first is surprising: the Saudi team of Al Hilal. Mata is expected to stay in Europe for the next two years, but Al Hilal is offering him the chance to play on another continent for the first time.
The Middle Eastern side already have Odion Ighalo on their books, so Mata could reunite with the former United loanee.
Mata, who earned 41 caps for Spain, earned £160,000 a week playing for United. And impressively, Al Hilal are offering him a small pay rise, after sending the star a contract offer worth £8.5m per season.
That equates to around £164,000 every seven days, which gives Mata something to ponder.
Mundo Deportivo State Mata also has offers on the table from Spain, which makes sense. He would no doubt like to return, having not played in La Liga since 2011.
Clubs in Turkey also want Mata, giving him some good options to choose from.
Despite interest from Saudi Arabia and Turkey, Mata will surely return to Spain. David Silva did this after leaving Manchester City and is enjoying his time with Real Sociedad.
Mata would do well to play for a mid-table La Liga team, or perhaps a tough side for European qualification like Sociedad.
Al Hilal has a good financial package in place for the star, but that doesn’t mean he’s certain he’ll leave Europe.
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