Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has revealed why he chose to stay at Old Trafford this summer, as his side prepare to begin their pre-season tour of Australia.
Mata was out of contract in Manchester at the end of June and had a number of enticing offers from other clubs, including, as revealed exclusively by 90min on Wednesday, a stunningly lucrative £550,000-a-week package from Chinese Super League side Shanghai SIPG.
And, speaking to MUTV, as quoted by the club's official website
“We know that in football there are three or four big clubs in the world, or in Europe, and United is one of them. I have been here a bit more than five years and I have realised how amazing the supporters are and especially in the tough moments.
“I wanted to stay, I wanted to commit to the club, to keep enjoying wearing the shirt and keep trying my best.“
And the feeling was clearly mutual, as boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer revealed upon the announcement of this new deal, declaring: “Juan is the ultimate professional and one of the most intelligent players I have worked with. He is a great example to our younger players in his approach. He understands what it means to be a Manchester United
“As well as everything he brings on the pitch, we have some fantastic young players here and I know that Juan’s vast experience will help them to reach their potential over the coming seasons. I am delighted that he has signed a new contract, as I know that his talent and mentality will be invaluable to the squad.”