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Juan Mata makes final decision on football career after leaving Manchester United
- Spanish midfielder Juan Mata is keen on staying in Europe and playing at the highest level
- The former Manchester United man has reportedly rejected offers in the United States to stay in Europe
- He left United as a free agent after his contract ran out in June
Midfielder Juan Mata has reportedly turned down lucrative offers to move to the Major League Soccer as he still wants to play “at the highest level in Europe”.
Mata, 34, is currently without a club after leaving Manchester United in June, but The Sun reports that he remains ‘patient’ over his future.
He still believes he has the quality to continue playing in Europe at top level, and will bid his time until the right offer comes his way.
Marca further reports that Mata is very enthusiastic and is eyeing more silverware in the twilight years of his football career.
His time at Manchester United was fairly decent, although he found himself relegated to the bench in the latter years at Old Trafford.
In total, Mata made 285 appearances as a Red Devil, winning the FA Cup, League Cup and Europe League.
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He was also part of the bright Spain side that won the World Cup and Euro silverware in 2010 and 2012.
Why Mata is not keen on MLS
It makes some sense that Mata is not keen on moving to the Major League Soccer, which has largely been perceived as a retirement league for footballers who were once on top of their game.
Recently, former Real Madrid star Gareth Bale joined the league, signing a deal with Los Angeles FC, while Wayne Rooney returned to DC United as a manager.