Juan Mata has signed a new contract at Manchester United, The Guardian report.
And the details of the deal are eye-opening.
The Guardian‘s report claims Mata has penned a three-year deal, close to his previous wage of £140,000 per week.
A renewal always seemed on the cards after United released an official photo of Mata in the new kit, while releasing Antonio Valencia and Ander Herrera.
Earlier this year we wrote that the only way United should keep Mata is if he takes a substantial pay cut on his wages. This does not appear to have been the case.
Nobody has a problem with Juan Mata the man, but as a player, he appears to be on the decline.
There is a case that Mata can be very useful next season in the Europa League, which will require United to have a large squad.
If the club are focusing on youth in the transfer market, then an experienced player like Mata can be valuable in the dressing room.
However it is the length of the contract, for three years, and the wages, which really seem excessive.
This appears to be yet more poor negotiation from the men in charge at Old Trafford, and we can’t say we are surprised.