Jose Mourinho has already told one Man United star that his time is up at Old Trafford - reports
Juan Mata has already been told that his time at Manchester United is coming to an end following Jose Mourinho’s appointment as the club’s manager, according to reports emanating from Spain.
Mata’s future at United has been in serious doubt since Mourinho’s arrival last month, with the duo enduring a less than successful relationship at Chelsea before he was sold to United for £37.1m in January 2014.
While Mourinho offered kind words to Mata after he sanctioned his high profile move to United, he made it clear in the months before his departure that the Spaniard did not display the kind of work rate required to earn a regular place in his team.
“Juan has to learn to play the way I want to play,” stated Mourinho back in October 2013. “He has to be more consistent, has to be more participative when the team loses the ball, and I think it is not his fault. It is just a consequence of the way he played in the last few years.”
Those comments were quickly followed by a decision to sell Mata, with Mourinho’s coronation as United boss sparking inevitable suggestions that the 28-year-old would be among the first to be sold off.
Everton and Villarreal have been linked with a move to sign Mata in recent days and now reports in Sport newspaper are suggesting the player has been informed that he will not have any role to play in Mourinho’s plans at Old Trafford.
Mata has hinted that he would be happy to stay at United despite Mourinho’s arrival, but the latest report claims he would prefer a move back to his native Spain rather than make the short move from Manchester to Merseyside to sign for Everton.
Sport are reporting that United are not keen to sanction a loan move for Mata, as they are eager to recoup some of the investment they made on the player a couple of years ago.