Manchester United have reportedly opened talks with midfield duo Juan Mata and Ander Herrera over new contracts.
Mata, 30, and Herrera, 29, are both out of contract in the summer and can negotiate terms with foreign clubs in January if they want to move on free transfers at the end of the season.
However, the MEN reports that United have opened dialogue with Mata and Herrera’s representatives in an attempt to keep them at Old Trafford beyond 2019.
Ashley Young is the only other United player out of contract in June and without the option of an additional year and the Red Devils have offered the 33-year-old England star a new one-year deal.
Mata became United’s club-record signing in a £37.1million move from Chelsea in January 2014, while Herrera arrived later that year for £29m from Spanish outfit Athletic Bilbao.
The Spanish pair have started in three of United’s four cup finals since Sir Alex Ferguson retired in 2013, with Mata scoring in the 2016 FA Cup final win over Crystal Palace, while Herrera was named Man of the Match in the Europa League victory over Ajax last year.
Herrera has started United’s last two games, the win at Juventus and the defeat to Manchester City, while Mata scored the equaliser in Turin with a stunning free-kick.
United boss Jose Mourinho admitted back in September that he wanted to keep Mata, Herrera and Young.
“I hope they will stay,” Mourinho said. “We had a similar conversation last season about Marouane and I was always saying I hope he stays, I believe he stays.
“I say the same. I hope they stay. Of course, I am happy with the players. Juan and Ander, even if they are not playing or not playing a lot, not starting matches, by the personality point-of-view and character point-of-view, by what they represent in the modern society in football, they are almost unique pieces that I also don’t want to lose.”
United are also expected to exercise their one-year options on the contracts of Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Antonio Valencia, Andreas Pereira, Matteo Darmian and James Wilson to tie them to Old Trafford until 2020, although Jones was strongly linked with a move to north London on Monday.
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