JUAN MATA has hinted he may one day return to La Liga, as he declared he ‘misses home’.
Mata is out of contract at the end of the season, although it was understood the midfielder was keen on extending his deal at Old Trafford.
ESPN reported that United were wanting to offer the 30-year-old a new deal, although the Spaniard has not ruled out a move back to Spain in the future.
Speaking to AS, Mata revealed he is ‘calm’ regarding his future at Old Trafford, though he misses friends and family in Spain.
Mata said: “I have been in England for a while, in a league where I feel very well and in which I am well adapted.
“But it is true that sometimes you miss your home, your family, your friends – but I do not know if in the near future I will return to Spain.
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“I’m calm, I’m in a fantastic club like Manchester United, one of the most important clubs in the world, my mentality has to be short-term and from there do it well.”
Mata, who received an award for his work in charity at a ceremony in Madrid this week, played for Valencia from 2007-2011 before he left Spain to join Chelsea.
The World Cup winner would win the Champions League in his first campaign at Stamford Bridge and the Europa League the following season.
The midfielder left Chelsea for United in 2014 in a deal worth a then club record fee of £37.1 million.
This season Mata has made 21 appearances in all competitions starting on 13 occasions.
Although Mata has fallen behind the likes of Paul Pogba, Jesse Lingard, Anthony Martial and Marcus Rashford in the midfield and wideman pecking order.
The 30-year-old has been linked with a move away from United in a search for more regular first team football with Arsenal thought to be interested in the Spanish international.
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