The Spaniard could leave the Red Devils on a free transfer at the end of the season if a new contract is not agreed. And Guardiola labelled Mata as an exceptional player admitting he has been a fan of the former Chelsea man.
“He’s an exceptional player, one of the players I like the most. From the period in Valencia, at Barcelona when I was there, we wanted to bring him but the problem was that we had a lot of midfield players that was the only problem," he said.
“But, he’s incredible, he played well for Chelsea and United and has a good restaurant in Manchester.”
Pep Guardiola: “He’s [Juan Mata] an exceptional player. One of the players I like the most - not love because I don’t know him well, but one of the players I like the most - we took an eye to try to bring him to Barcelona." #mulive [evening standard]— utdreport (@utdreport) April 5, 2019