Man United's Juan Mata eyes longer stay after extending contract by a year

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Juan Mata is targeting a longer stay at Manchester United after extending his contract until 2019.

The Spaniard’s deal was set to expire at the end of the season but the Red Devils have triggered an option that will keep the 29-year-old at Old Trafford for another 12 months.

He told MUTV: “I still feel very happy and very proud to be part of this club.

“I think everyone that belongs to Manchester United should feel privileged, and that’s how I feel.

“I’m happy with everyone at the club and, obviously, with the manager and my teammates.”

Mata is set to face extra competition for a place in Jose Mourinho’s team after the arrival of Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal. Mourinho sold the midfielder to United in January 2014 while in charge of Chelsea.

Juan Mata was the star man for United against Leicester. Juan Mata extended his contract with Manchester United until 2019.

However, the United manager insisted this week Mata remains a key part of his squad.

The Spaniard added: “We have had so many new players during my four years, but now we know each other and understand each other better.

“We are creating a kind of stability that I believe is needed to build and to create a positive consistency in terms of getting results and getting trophies.

“Once you are part of this club, your football career is not the same. It changes, because this is one of the biggest clubs in football history.

“Every day I try to tell myself how lucky and how privileged I am, I try to take advantage of every single training session, and try to see how important it is to be a Manchester United player.”

Rob is ESPN FC’s Manchester United correspondent. Follow him on Twitter @RobDawsonESPN.

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