Mata wants longevity like Giggs

Juan Mata

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata admits he would love to keep playing for the Red Devils until he is 40, just like club legend Ryan Giggs.

The 29-year-old signed for United from Premier League rivals Chelsea in 2014 and has since become an important player for the club, scoring 28 goals in 120 league games.

The Spaniard’s current contract is due to expire at the end of the season but United have the option to extend that by one year, and Mata remains eager to stay for many more campaigns.

Mata told ESPN FC: “Why not? I’m 29 and hopefully I can play football for some years.

“It would be great to play until I’m 40 like Ryan Giggs. But that’s still a bit far – still 11 years.

“You never know what can happen in football and in life. But my feeling now is that I’m happy here and I wouldn’t have any problem continuing here for more time.”