Ole Gunnar Solskjaer has told Juan Mata to stay at Manchester United ahead of crunch talks between the player’s agent and the club.

The 30-year-old will be out of contract at the end of the season and is free to sign a pre-contract agreement with foreign clubs.

United triggered a 12-month extension clause in Mata’s contract in 2017 and his representatives expected an offer of fresh terms to follow but the club have allowed the Spaniard to enter the final six months of his deal.

According to Metro, Solskjaer recently held talks with Mata and advised the midfielder to stay at the club.

Mata recently said he is unsure where his future lies with his contract at Old Trafford set to expire at the end of the season.

Mata is one of three players who United risk losing without a transfer fee, along with Ander Herrera and Ashley Young, and the 30-year-old admits he doesn’t know what the future holds with a new contract still to be agreed to extend his five-year stay at the club.

“I don’t know,” said. “I’ve been in England for a good while, in a league that I’m well accustomed to and where I’ve adapted well, but it’s true that at times you miss home, your family, your friends.”

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