Solskjaer believes Manchester United player has spoken to other clubs about a transfer

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Manchester United boss Ole Gunnar Solskjaer insists he is not surprised with reports linking Juan Mata with a move away from Old Trafford.

Reports in the last 24 hours claim the likes of Juventus, Roma and Inter Milan are all interested in signing the Spanish playmaker.

The Norwegian admits the Spaniard may have already held talks with interested clubs over a move away from Old Trafford.

“I’m not surprised that teams are interested in him,” said Solskjaer.

“One, he’s a very good footballer, two he’s a fantastic professional and human being

“When the contracts are running towards the end there will be interest, I’m sure Juan has been able to speak to other clubs if he wants to

“I keep in touch with him all the time anyway, we have a good dialogue.”

Mata made his return to the first team in a 4-0 win against Real Sociedad last Thursday, following an unexplained six-week absence.

The Spaniard’s contract at the club ends in the summer, but the club have an option of extending it for a further year.

With the club yet to trigger the option, Mata is free to talk to other clubs over a move as he plans for his exit.