Wednesday, October 6, 2010

Juan Mata to sign a contract extension

Valencia winger Juan Mata is set to receive a contract extension with increased salary and bonuses. The contract extension was originally planned for last year, but with the grim financial situation and loss of form for Mata the negotiations stopped, but they have now resumed and a contract extension is surely to happen in few days.
Juan Mata manager is his father Juan senior who has been very vocal about improving Mata's current contract, but president Llorente has stood firm that the contract can only be improved in Q3 2010.

Reports suggest that Mata will receive 4 million euros per season, more than 300% increase over his previous contract. I expect a more realistic salary, considering our sporting and financial situation of around 3 million euros per season.

Mata has been up and down since the season started and I have been very critical of some of his performances. Here are my ratings of Mata since the beginning of the season:
vs Atletico Bilbao; Mata 6
vs Man. United; Mata 2
vs Sporting Gijon; Mata 6
vs Hercules; Mata 6
vs Bursaspor; Mata 6
vs Racing Santander; Mata 6.5
vs Malaga; Mata 5
Overall mark: 5.3

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