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Ralf Rangnick's refusal to hand Juan Mata even a single minute of Premier League playing time at Manchester United has caused 'confusion' as clubs circle for his signature.
The veteran former Spain international midfielder joined the club from Chelsea back in 2014 and made at least 32 appearances in each of the six full seasons that followed.
However, after falling out of favour under Ole Gunnar Solskjaer and making only nine league appearances last season, he is yet to play domestically under Rangnick.
Although that would be understandable had the Red Devils been playing consistently good football – many wonder how he hasn't been able to have any sort of involvement.
The Athletic report of sources that say Mata is training 'very well' and has no fitness issues, causing confusion as to why he has not featured under Rangnick.
It is added that several La Liga clubs have made enquires about signing Mata in the summer, after he agreed a 12-month extension last summer.
That could mean that Mata's final Premier League tally for United remains at 34 goals from 189 outings, having won four trophies with the club.
Rangnick said when asked about the four first-team United players who are out of contract in the summer back in February: "I don’t know. It’s far too early to speak about that.
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"It’s also a question of what the players want and how does the club see it but these are not any interesting topics or issues for us right now.
"For us right now it’s to get the best out of the season and this is in the interests of the club, the fans, our current coaching staff but also the players.
"Even if they want to leave at the end of the season they have the chance to get a new offer from any other club, including Manchester United, and it is much bigger and much higher if they do well, play well and if we are being successful."
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