- Jul 16, 2015
Of course Lingard can do what he want in this situation. But I would assume Mata is a more important player for us on the pitch (slightly) and on the training ground. It's not a coincidence that he's spoken of as a future ambassador or coach. His mentality and professionalism is probably what has the club retaining him.Mata always escapes the ire of the caf despite him probably offering less than Lingard, being more expensive and also shopped his contract. When we offered him an extension a couple of summers ago, he sat on it all summer whilst his dad shopped around and spoke cryptically about wanting a CL club and after no one wanted to pay close to what we were offering/weren’t interested he stayed. He wasn’t even a starter.
Lingard is doing what is best for his career, he’ll have a lot of options in the summer and probably from teams ‘better’ than WHUM. We overpaid him, can’t shift him & our asking price was too high, fault is ours.
I've made a lot of posts about selling Mata and Matic, as they are both over the hill, but I don't know how important they are for a young side in the dressing room, for training, keeping up standards. I suspect they are both quite important in that respect.