Spanish maestro Mata opens up and reveals why he has signed with Manchester United

Spanish midfielder Juan Mata has revealed why he signed a new contract at Manchester United this summer.

Mata is one of a number of players whose contracts were set to expire this month, and there has been a lot of speculation that he could be departing the club in the summer after failing to reach terms with United, despite the fact he has shown a desire to stay put.

That has led to speculation linking the Spaniard with a move to Barcelona, while some media outlets have also suggested that Gunners boss Unai Emery could make a cheeky offer and try to tempt the little playmaker to the Emirates, as he seeks a bargain alternative for Aaron Ramsey.

However, United have now confirmed that Mata has agreed a two-year contract to stay at the club after agreeing new terms with the club, and he has revealed just why he decided to agree a new contract at Old Trafford.

“The first thing is the feeling of belonging to this club. I think it is something special and unique,” Mata said on the TalkSport website

“We know that in football there are three or four big clubs in the world, or in Europe, and United is one of them. I have been here a bit more than five years and I have realised how amazing the supporters are and especially in the tough moments.

“I wanted to stay, I wanted to commit to the club, to keep enjoying wearing the shirt and keep trying my best.”

Mata has been a solid performer for United over the seasons and it was strange to see that he hadnt agreed a contract earlier, especially as he has the experience to help guide the youngsters into a new era.

However, many will surely be delighted that he put pen to paper and agreed to stay at Old Trafford, especially with all the speculation linking a number of players with a transfer away from the club.

He may not be in his peak anymore, but the Spanish star is still one of the mots technically gifted players at the club.

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