Jose Mourinho has reportedly signalled his intention to hand new contracts to Manchester United pair Juan Mata and Ander Herrera.
The Spanish duo will be out of contract next summer, but according to the Evening Standard, Mourinho wants the pair tied down to new deals due to their calming influence on the squad.
Mata, 30, and Herrera, 29, both arrived in 2014 and have been useful squad members since Mourinho took over the reins at Old Trafford.
The Sun claimed last week that United were aiming to sit down with Mata’s agent and father, Juan Snr, in the next fortnight to try and thrash out a new deal.
The tabloid quoted an Old Trafford source: “Mata’s dad is a tough negotiator and it has not gone down well how this situation has been allowed to drag on.
In January this year United took up an option to extend Juan Mata’s contract until the summer of 2019. He had just six months left on his previous deal, but Mourinho described Mata as an “important player” in his squad.
“The way the club treats me is perfect. The love the fans show for me couldn’t be better or bigger, my family is happy in Manchester, so I will just try to give everything and use all my strength and effort to keep deserving to play for this club,” he told Inside United.
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