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Spain’s Juan Mata extends deal with Manchester United after regaining Mourinho’s trust

UPDATED: Tue., Jan. 30, 2018

Juan Mata of Manchester United kicks past Alessio Romangnoli at the Guinness International Champions Cup on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Denver, Colo. (Doug DuKane / AP)
Juan Mata of Manchester United kicks past Alessio Romangnoli at the Guinness International Champions Cup on Saturday, July 26, 2014 in Denver, Colo. (Doug DuKane / AP)
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MANCHESTER, England – Manchester United handed Juan Mata a one-year contract extension on Tuesday, tying the playmaker to the club until June 2019.

Mata joined from Chelsea in 2014 and has established himself as a key member of the squad under Jose Mourinho, who sold the Spaniard to United when Chelsea manager.

“When I arrived one-and-a-half years ago, (they said), `Mata is in trouble, in trouble, in trouble,’ and now he’s getting an extension of one more year,” Mourinho said. “An important player for me. Important player for the club. Important player for the other players.”

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