On this day: Mata contract, Ronaldo return and Wenger future uncertain

On the 22nd December 2012 what were the stories that dominated the football landscape? Including Chelsea, Manchester United and Arsenal.

I am casting my eye back to this exact day, the 22nd December 2013, but a year earlier.

What were the main tales from that day? What big events were happening in Premier League football?

Here are some of the big scoops from the 22nd December 2012…

A Mata of time

Juan Mata reportedly signed a new deal at Chelsea. The Spaniard had been in great form for Chelsea over the past year and it was rumoured that a contract was to be negotiated, which would take him among the highest paid players at the squad and to a wage of £100k-a-week.

That talk has continued ever since - but as of yet no new deal has been arranged officially.

And now his place with Chelsea is not entirely assured as Jose Mourinho is not his biggest fan.

The return of Christ-iano

The Sun had a remarkable story regarding Cristiano Ronaldo. The Portuguese forward had been rumoured to be upset at Real Madrid - and considering a move away.

The report suggested:

‘SunSport can reveal the former United star wishes to quit Real Madrid and return to Old Trafford.’

Of course that didn’t happen and the player recently signed a new deal in Spain before suggesting he could stay at the Bernabeu for the rest of his career.

Wenger will you sign a new deal?

Arsene Wenger refused to insist his long-term future with the club was established. The Frenchman had just signed six young talents to long-term deals at the club and when asked whether he told them he would be staying on as boss he said:

"I could not give them that assurance because that decision does not depend on me. The assurance I gave them was the club has faith in them and, at the moment, I decide the technical policy of the club. At the moment, I envisage to do well this season. I want to do well for the idea of football I have for as long as I am here. After that, we will see."

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