Liverpool, Man City confirmed as shock summer options for Mata

Date published: Wednesday 10th April 2019 11:07 - Matthew Briggs

Anthony Martial

Juan Mata’s father says his son will not join Manchester City or Liverpool after confirming rival offers from the two Premier League clubs.

The Manchester United midfielder is out of contract at the end of the season and his five-year spell at Old Trafford could be coming to and end.

The 30-year-old has been linked with a return to Spain, but Mata senior has told Spanish radio that United have made his son an offer to stay.

“Manchester United have offered to renew us, we are very happy,” he told Cadena SER . “But there are proposals from Champions League teams.

“Spain, maybe, but today is not the day to talk, it is not yet decided.”

Arsenal, Barcelona and PSG have all been linked with a move for Mata, while Man City boss Pep Guardiola said over the weekend he tried to sign Mata while he was in charge of Barcelona.

But the player’s father confirmed Mata would not join Guardiola at City, or sign for United’s deadly rivals Liverpool.

“City? It would not be the ideal option,” added Mata senior. “There are two options that do not [appeal]: Liverpool and City.

“We have to respect the Manchester United fans, he is held very dear here.”

Mata, who is 31 this month, has always stated his desire to stay in Manchester and in January he said: “All I can say is that I’m happy in Manchester and in England.

“I’ve been in England for some years now and I’m very happy to be in this incredible club so let’s see what happens but at the moment I’m very happy.”

 

 

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