By Pranav Shahaney

13th Jul, 2022 | 2:07pm

Times journalist clarifies stance on Leeds United interest in Juan Mata

Leeds United sources have reportedly indicated that they’re not keen on making a move for Juan Mata who is available on a free.

According to Times journalist Martyn Ziegler, the Whites are not looking to bring the former Chelsea and Manchester United attacker to Elland Road this summer.

Spanish media outlet AS reported that Victor Orta had made contact with the Spaniard’s father to ask him about a move to Leeds.

Via Twitter, Ziegler wrote, “Leeds sources denying this Juan Mata free transfer link.”

Expected

Mata has played for Chelsea and Man United and continues to be loved by both fanbases.

He’ll surely know that both clubs are Leeds’ arch rivals and there’s no chance that he would even consider a move to Elland Road.

It was surprising when the initial links emerged as the Spaniard is unlikely to be an ideal fit in Jesse Marsch’s system that demands players to work tirelessly off the ball.

Mata may be very good technically but he’s clearly past his best and even if he had the legs to play 90 minutes, the likes of Jack Harrison, Luis Sinisterra and Brenden Aaronson are arguably better suited to this system.

He could be there for his dressing room presence and play the odd games here and there, but that’s not what he would want at this stage.

Many players like him have moved to slower leagues like La Liga or Serie A in their mid-30s and have gone on to enjoy the next few years playing overseas.

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay claims that a midfielder who was admired by Marcelo Bielsa is set to leave this summer.