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Manchester United transfer news: Juan Mata targeted by Real Madrid as Jose Mourinho freezes out Red Devils playmaker

REAL MADRID could make a shock move for Juan Mata, according to reports.

The Spaniard is in the final year of his deal at Old Trafford and if this season’s record is anything to go by, his contract will not be renewed.

 Juan Mata in action against Benfica in the Champions League for Manchester UnitedRex Features Juan Mata in action against Benfica in the Champions League for Manchester United

Mata, 29, was out of the entire United 18-man squad for the 1-0 defeat at Stamford Bridge on Sunday.

And, according to the Express, the diminutive playmaker could return to the club where he started his career, before moving on to Valencia, then Chelsea and the United.

Frustratingly for Mata, he has never won a Premier League winner’s medal as he joined the Red Devils the season after they last won the title.

And he may be reluctant to move on from the club where he has become a firm favourite with the fans, acting with the class and dignity sometimes found lacking in Premier League footballers.

 Juan Mata has not completed 90 minutes yet this season and has started off the bench four timesAFP Juan Mata has not completed 90 minutes yet this season and has started off the bench four times  Jose Mourinho has not sought to rely on Juan Mata many times this seasonReuters Jose Mourinho has not sought to rely on Juan Mata many times this season

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