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Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola has warned Manchester United they would lose an 'exceptional' player in Juan Mata. 

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.”

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