Man Utd: Juan Mata is too good to be a bit part player says Hislop Sign up HERE for the latest MUFC breaking news and transfer updates Invalid emailWe use your sign-up to provide content in ways you’ve consented to and to improve our understanding of you. This may include adverts from us and 3rd parties based on our understanding. You can unsubscribe at any time. More infoManchester United see Juan Mata as being a technical director in the future, according to reports. The midfielder joined from Chelsea back in the January transfer window of 2014. And he won three trophies before it was announced he’d been release by the club.Manchester United announced Mata’s departure on Thursday, saying: “Thank you for dedicating eight years of your career to United, Juan.“Everyone at the club wishes you all the best for the future.”And, now, the Manchester Evening News claim United see Mata as a technical director going forward.It’s stated that, originally, United wanted to keep the 34-year-old as an ambassador – while they also were hopeful of arranging a ‘mire senior title’ for the playmaker.They were supposedly ready to offer Mata one more playing contract.Erik ten Hag: Man Utd’s 25-man squad for next season with six signings Man Utd have announced the departure of Juan Mata (Image: GETTY) Man Utd signed Juan Mata back in the January transfer window of 2014 (Image: GETTY)And he was also part of the team who won the Carabao Cup and Europa League under Jose Mourinho the following year.Speaking after it was confirmed Mata would be leaving United, the midfielder paid tribute to the club’s fans.”From here, from the middle of the pitch at Old Trafford, at night. I’m alone,” he said in a video message recorded on the night United beat Brentford 3-0.“Actually, this feels like a dream.”I wanted to say thank you very much to all of you for your support over the years and especially during the difficult times that we lived together.THINK YOU KNOW SPORT? Test your sporting knowledge with our tricky quiz Man Utd star Juan Mata won three trophies at Old Trafford (Image: GETTY)”I will never forget you. Thank you very much.“All the best from the bottom of my heart and goodbye.”And tributes to Mata have started to pour in, too, with compatriot David De Gea leading them.”Thought this would be a very difficult one to express into words but when I thought about it more, the main feeling I am left with is happiness,” he said.”This guy has been a teammate, a friend and is my family. The ultimate professional, one of the best players and people you could have grace your life.Want the latest football news? Join our brand new Facebook group by clicking here Man Utd see Juan Mata as a technical director in the future (Image: GETTY)“I’m so thankful to have been on so many journeys with you, happy that our paths crossed, and we shared a dressing room together.”I love you my brother, I wish you everything and absolutely nothing but joy and success in your next stage of an unbelievable career.”During his time with United, Mata made 285 appearances across all competitions.But he played just 30 times over the course of the past two seasons.
Man Utd ‘see Juan Mata as a technical director’ as midfielder leaves Old Trafford behind
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