Manchester United have officially trigger the one-year extension clause on Spain international Juan Mata contract.
This was made known by United official website, which claims Mata contract with the Red Devils have been extended by 12-month , tying the creative midfielder to the club until 2019.
Mata contract was due to expire next summer but United have gone to sanction his extension clause to fend off interest in the player.
The 29-year old star join United in 2014 from Chelsea in a then record fee of 37.1m.
During the arrival of Jose Mourino at Manchester United, most fans and pundits thought Mata stay in Old Trafford could be over given that it was the Portuguese tactician that sold him to United while at Chelsea.
After confirming that the club had extended the midfielder’s contract, Mourinho said:
“Mata is very important. When I arrived one-and-a-half years ago, [they said], ‘Mata is in trouble, in trouble, in trouble’, and now he’s getting an extension of one more year. An important player for me; important player for the club; important player for the other players.”
The former Chelsea star has been a key player in United team since his arrival in 2014, making a total a total of 173 appearances, scoring 39 goal.