£37m superstar wants to retire at Manchester United and to continue playing at Old Trafford until he is 40

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Juan Mata has revealed that he is open to finishing his career at Manchester United and could see himself retiring at Old Trafford in the future despite being just 29-years-old.

In an exclusive interview with ESPN the Spanish midfielder discussed his time at Old Trafford and speculated what his future could hold for him.

When asked whether he could finish his career at Man United, Mata answered “Why not? I’m 29 and hopefully I can play football for some more years.”

Having already spent four years now in the North of England, Mata added: “It would be great to play until I’m 40 like Ryan Giggs. But that’s still a bit far, still 11 years.”

Despite Mata’s willingness to stay at Old Trafford he has faced tough competition this season to cement a place in the starting eleven with Henrikh Mkhitaryan often being preferred to the Spaniard in the number ten role by Jose Mourinho.

Mata signed for Manchester United in January, 2014 under David Moyes for £37.1m and has since played a pivotal for the Red Devils in both their Europe League victory in 2017 and FA Cup victory in 2016. (Fee per the BBC.)

As previously mentioned the playmaker made a comparison to Ryan Giggs and while it is no debate that the star shares many footballing talents with the Welshman who is regarded as a legend amongst United fans, there is one key difference.

Giggs of-course won multiple Premier League titles for Manchester United and Mata still has none since signing for the Red Devils.

If the Spaniard is keen on also earning a ‘legend’ status amongst the Old Trafford faithful he will surely have to deliver a league title to the Manchester club.

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