Mourinho requests new contracts for Manchester United pair

Date published: Tuesday 16th October 2018 2:24

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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.

And he remains exactly that after scoring a crucial goal after climbing off the bench in the recent 3-2 win over Newcastle.
Mourinho has apparently advised executive vice chairman Ed Woodward to offer new terms to the two players.
Herrera’s “versatility and ability to carry out detailed tactical instructions are valued” and Mourinho wants that to be rewarded.
Ahead of the season the former Atheltic Bilbao man revealed his hopes for a new deal, although Bilbao’s leading daily newspaper El Correo reported recently that he would be allowed to run down his contract and leave on a free transfer next July.

“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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