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Manchester United yet to extend Cavani and Mata contracts

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Manchester United are yet to trigger the one-year extensions in the contracts of Edinson Cavani and Juan Mata.

Both players are out of contract at the end of the season but United have the option to extend their deals until 2022 and have often taken decisions on contract extensions midway through seasons.

However, the MEN understands a decision has not been made on the futures of Cavani, 34 on Sunday, and Mata, who will turn 33 in April.

Cavani joined United on a free transfer on deadline day in October and has scored seven times, having ousted Anthony Martial to become United’s first-choice striker. United manager Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has spoken of his desire to keep Cavani at least until the end of next season.

“At the moment, it looks like he has a few years left in him,” Solskjaer said on Boxing Day. “So I wouldn’t say anything else. He has made a great impact when he has come here. Let’s focus on improving everyone but he has a few years left in him.”


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Mata recently celebrated his seventh anniversary at United but has not been named in the last four matchday squads and he has not been pictured in training. Mata has started eight games this season and Solskjaer clarified three weeks ago no decision had been made on the Spaniard’s future.

“The decision is very difficult every time with Juan,” Solskjaer said of informing the Spaniard when he is not playing. “You know he has the quality. If he plays, he scores goals, he has contributed this season. Then again, you have other players who have taken his role as well. Mason [Greenwood] has done well in that position and Paul [Pogba] now.

“Juan really contributes in and around the group. He is one of those I have discussions with all the time and it is difficult to leave him out but unfortunately that’s where it is at the moment. No decision has been made yet.”

Mata was a club-record £37.1million signing in January 2014 and he started in United’s triumphant finals in the FA Cup in 2016, as well as the Carabao Cup and the Europa League in 2017.

Sergio Romero will be released in the summer. The 33-year-old Argentinian is currently United’s fifth-choice goalkeeper after failing to get a transfer in the last two windows.

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