Mata extends deal at United after regaining Mourinho's trust

ABS-CBN Sports on Jan 31, 2018 08:14 AM
Mata extends deal at United after regaining Mourinho's trust
FILE - In this Tuesday, Oct. 31, 2017 file photo, Manchester United coach Jose Mourinho looks on during their Champions League group A soccer match against Benfica, at Old Trafford, in Manchester, England. (AP Photo/Dave Thompson, file)

MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Manchester United handed Juan Mata a one-year contract extension on Tuesday, tying the playmaker to the club until June 2019.

Mata joined from Chelsea in 2014 and has established himself as a key member of the squad under Jose Mourinho, who sold the Spaniard to United when Chelsea manager.

"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," Mourinho said. "An important player for me. Important player for the club. Important player for the other players."

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