The father of Manchester United attacker Juan Mata has told Turkish outlet Fanatik that his son could potentially leave Old Trafford next summer.
Mata joined Manchester United from Chelsea for a then club record fee of around £37.1 million back in January 2014 and it was expected at the time that the attacking midfielder would help the struggling Red Devils under David Moyes spark a turnaround.
Unfortunately, Mata could not quite have the desired impact at Old Trafford during the initial stages of his United career but nonetheless, the Spaniard has since managed to establish himself as a firm fan favourite.
Although the Red Devils have endured a couple of very lean years, the £140,000 a week star has been a pillar of consistency for United and the attacking midfielder is a crucial figure for the Premier League giants during the current campaign as well despite all the summer talk that Jose Mourinho could potentially dispense with his services following a previous fallout at Chelsea between the two.
Mata will be entering the final year of his contract at United next summer and it is normal for clubs to discuss new terms with players once they close in on the last 18 months of their respective contracts.
Given that Mata is a key figure at United allied by the fact the player is also very happy at Old Trafford, it was widely expected that the contract negotiations regarding an extension would not prove to be a major issue.
However, the Spanish international’s father Juan Mata Sr. has gone on to cast a doubt regarding his son’s long term future at the club by stating that the 28-year-old will only make a decision regarding a new deal next summer, before adding that the United star could be interested with a move to Fenerbahce.
Juan Mata sr was quoted as saying, “This season we have entered a new path with Mourinho. However, at the end of the season we will sit down and evaluate our future more seriously. Fenerbahce one of the options? Why not?”