Juan Mata’s agent is reportedly looking to arrange a meeting with Jose Mourinho to ensure whether the player will have a role to play at Manchester United under his management.
The 28-year-old’s prospects at the club have already been called into question following the appointment of his former Chelsea manager and his future was one of eight burning issues our feature suggested Mourinho would need to focus on at Old Trafford.
Mata, who scored the equaliser as Manchester United came from behind to defeat Crystal Palace in last weekend’s FA Cup final, was sold by Mourinho to United back in January 2014 for a fee of £37.1million.
That sale of the two-times Chelsea Player of the Year came across as harsh at the time, with Mata training away from Chelsea’s first team at Cobham in the days leading up to the transfer.
And with the duo set to renew acquaintances, Mata is eager to discover if Mourinho foresees a role for him at Old Trafford.
Mata hit back at Mourinho last October when he said: “If a luxury player is a player who scores and assists and has good stats, then I’m happy to be a luxury player.
“I want luxury players in my team. I’ve scored as many goals for Manchester United in the Premier League as for Chelsea, but in something like 30 games less.
“In terms of scoring and assisting, I’m quite happy with the stats, and stats don’t lie. They are facts.”
Mourinho is likely to be handed a £200million transfer kitty at Old Trafford and could try to find a replacement before next season, with central midfield a particular area that he will focus on.
Marouane Fellaini is another in danger of being sold, while Michael Carrick is out of contract too, although reports suggest the latter is set to be offered a new deal.