Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata took £45k-a-week pay cut to stay at Old Trafford – reports

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The Spaniard sealed a two-year extension on his current deal to keep him in the Premier League until 2021

Juan Mata took a significant pay cut to to remain at Manchester United, according to reports.

The Spaniard signed a new two-year deal to remain at Old Trafford and according to The Sun, he took a massive £45k-a-week pay cut to do so.

Mata has taken a huge pay cut to stay at United

Mata has taken a huge pay cut to stay at United

His weekly wage has now gone from £180k-a-week to £135k-a-week – a 25 per cent drop from his previous deal.

A source told The Sun: “Juan loves playing at United and is happy in Manchester.

“He feared he would need to move because he didn’t want to sign for just  12 months. But his advisors and the club hammered out a deal.”

Mata signed for United from Chelsea in 2014 for £37.1million.

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Meanwhile, Red Devils chiefs are also said to be ‘close’ to agreeing a new long-term deal for striker Marcus Rashford.

The 21-year-old has been locked in contract talks for months with boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer keen to tie him down.

Barcelona, Real Madrid and Juventus are believed to have been monitoring the England forward.

Rashford scored 13 goals for Manchester United last season

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Rashford scored 13 goals for Manchester United last season

But The Times claim Rashford, who was reportedly demanding a £300,000-a-week deal, is ready to commit his long-term future to Old Trafford.

After a disastrous 2018/19 season, which saw United finish trophyless and sixth in the Premier League, Rashford is understood to be determined to turn the club’s fortunes around.