Manchester United midfielder Juan Manuel Mata reportedly took a significant pay cut to sign a new contract at the Theatre of Dreams.

According to the publication from The Sun, Spanish international Mata took a £45,000 pay cut to extend his contract at Manchester United beyond this summer.

Juan Manuel Mata had few days left on his previous Manchester United contract before he signed a contract extension last week.

The former Valencia and Chelsea player has signed a new two-year deal at Old Trafford with the option of a third year.

Mata signed for Manchester United in January 2014 while David Moyes was still the Red Devils boss.

The former Premier League champions paid £37.1m to sign the 31-year-old from Chelsea at the start of 2014.

He was linked with a lot of clubs before the Spaniard finally settled for a new deal at Manchester United.

Mata was previously on a salary worth £180,000 on a weekly basis but that has changed to £135,000 with the new contract announced earlier this month.

He was a transfer for clubs like Spanish La Liga champions Barcelona, Italian Serie A giants Juventus, Spanish club Valencia as well as Premier League giants Arsenal whose manager Unai Emery worked with Mata at Valencia before the player joined Chelsea eight years ago.


Timothy Aiyeku is a Mass Communication graduate from the Ahmadu Bello University, Zaria. He is a sports, everything football analyst.