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Manchester United announce the departure of midfielder after eight and a half years at the club

Manchester United have announced the departure of Spanish midfielder Juan Mata after eight and a half years at the club.

Mata signed for Manchester United from Chelsea in 2014, and was a regular during his early years at the club. In the last few years, Mata has struggled to cement a regular place in the team, and with his contract expiring this year, it became increasingly likely that he would leave the club.

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Now, Manchester United have officially announced Mata will be leaving the club on a free transfer.

At 34-years-old, the Spanish midfielder has struggled with the pace of the game in the last few seasons. The modern English game is heavily focused on fast-paced, high pressing football, so a move abroad might be Mata’s best option.

The addition of Bruno Fernandes has also limited Mata’s game time, with the Portuguese star playing in a similar position to him.

According to Fichajes, Real Betis, Real Sociedad, and Valencia are all interested in signing the attacking midfielder, so a return to Spain could be on the cards for the Spanish international.

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