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Manchester United are set to hold contract talks with Juan Mata this month according to a report on The Sun.

The 30-year-old’s contract expires at the end of the summer and will be able to start negotiating a deal away from Old Trafford with foreign clubs in January.

Manchester United are hoping to enter talks with Mata and his agent – father Juan senior – about a new deal but United will find it difficult convincing Mata to sign a new contract due to his lack of playing time at the club.

It is understood the midfielder wants more playing time but could decide to leave Old Trafford despite enjoying life at Manchester and having a restaurant business in the city.

A source at Manchester United told The Sun: “Mata’s dad is a tough negotiator and it has not gone down well how this situation has been allowed to drag on.

“United will try their best to convince them to stay, but it is by no means certain that even extra cash will do the trick.

“It’s purely about playing for Juan. The club know they have left it late and are desperately running out of time.

“They are playing catch-up because of various contract issues and the problems on the pitch being a priority to sort.”