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Jose Mourinho delivers blow to clubs targeting £20m Man Utd star

Manchester United head coach Jose Mourinho has made up his decision regarding the future of attacking midfielder Juan Mata.

The Spanish international started in the 3-1 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday in the Red Devils first Premier League game of the season.

Mata did look like he was headed for a summer exit just a week ago but Mourinho seems to have had a change of heart.

“One thing is the stories people write. The other thing is the reality,” Mourinho was quoted as saying after the by Sky Sports.

“Seeing what happened in our previous club, people thought he had no future. It is completely different.

“I trust him. Every time he plays, I know what he can give and I know what he cannot give. He has a lot to give.

“We have a very good group with lots of options. It is difficult to say that this player is more important than this player. I analyse in the week.”

Mata was taken off after playing just 30 minutes of football during United’s victory over Leicester City in the Community shield last weekend and that was reported to be the final straw according to TalkSport.

Per the source, Mata handed in his  transfer request after the incident and that he was looking for a new club.

Everton had been linked with a £20 million move and TalkSport also claimed that Fenerbahce had joined the race but it now appears that the 28-year-old will remain in Old Trafford.

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