Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata could be on his way out of the club to return to his former side Valencia.
Mata has fallen down the pecking order at Old Trafford in recent years. He has made just four starts in the Premier League this season after only managing eight in the last campaign.
With his gametime decreasing, Mata could be coming to the end of his time with United. Indeed, his contract expires at the end of the season.
United have the option to extend it if they wish, but the Spain international may prefer to leave for pastures new.
His next destination may be territory he is already familiar with, though. According to La Razon, Valencia want to re-sign him.
Mata previously spent four seasons with Valencia, getting his first taste of top-flight football in La Liga. He scored 46 goals for the Spanish side before joining Chelsea.
A decade later, Mata is now being lined up for a return to the Mestalla. It is claimed that Valencia owner Peter Lim has given the green light to a move because Mata will not cost a penny.
Los Che are struggling financially, and had to sell a number of key players last summer. Hence, they need reinforcements – but they need them to be cheap.
Mata may have different ideas, though. With Lim an unpopular figure at Valencia due to their decline, he may turn down the offer to return.
That could lead to a battle for his signature between other clubs, but it is as yet unclear who else could try to sign him.
Still only 32, though, Mata could be an attractive proposition for a number of sides.
Solskjaer hails Mata importance
While an exit seems likely, Man Utd still remain happy with Mata’s output and manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer recently sung his praises.
“When you’re here, enjoy it as much as you can and maybe you’ll experience some fantastic times,” he said recently.
“You’ve got winners like Juan Mata and Nemanja Matic.
“They don’t play every single game but they are so influential in the group and the build-up to games and during games when they’re not playing.”
Mata recently scored his 50th goal for United – meaning he has played more games and scored more goals for them than any of his previous clubs.