Juan Mata would 'really like' Chicharito to stay at Manchester United

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Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata appears hopeful Chicharito will be given a second chance at Old Trafford.

Manchester United star Juan Mata is currently in Riviera Maya, Cancun, doing promotional work for the popular Mexican tourism destination, but also a UNICEF ambassador, he's also taken time to give footballing classes to groups of eager and enthusiastic local children.

None of that has stopped him thinking about possibilities at Old Trafford next season, with a particular focus on what could lie ahead for Mexican attacking favourite, Javier 'Chicharito' Hernandez.

Clearly the local media were interested to know Mata's thoughts on Chicharito, and whether he has a future at Manchester United or not, amidst speculation that Dutch boss Louis van Gaal has no place for the Mexican striker, who spent last season on loan at Real Madrid.

The Spaniard has other ideas though, in comments via Mundo Deportivo, suggesting: "Chicharito remains a Manchester United player and egotistically speaking, I would really like him to stay with us."

"I think that with every team he's played for, he's performed well, scored goals, and he's a very clever striker inside the area." 27-year-old Mata told local journalists.

Mata also explained: "Chicharito is a great friend. I really appreciate him because he behaved superbly when I arrived at Manchester United. He's an excellent person and professional. I'm lucky to have spent time with him."

Whilst it's inevitable that Mata would speak favourably of his Mexican colleague, whilst in the country and speaking with their press, it can also be seen as a signal the Spaniard believes his team-mate still has plenty to offer Manchester United.

Meanwhile, Chicharito is currently blinkered to the speculation surrounding his future, whilst he focuses all his concentration on preparations with Mexico, as they get ready for the 2015 Gold Cup tournament.

The 27-year-old currently has a deal at Old Trafford until 2016, which means that if he's not to feature in the plans of Van Gaal during the 2015-16 season, the Red Devils may be keen to sell, rather than lose the striker for free next summer.

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