The Spaniard reveals he had chances to walk out the Old Trafford exit door as his contract winded down but decided against taking them.
Juan Mata admits to rejecting approaches from “different clubs” before putting pen to paper on a new deal at Manchester United.
Mata, who had dropped into free agency at the end of June, signed a short-term contract extension last week to continue at Man Utd for his ninth season.
The 33-year-old midfielder left Chelsea back in January 2014 and has since featured in 273 games for the Red Devils, scoring just over half a century of goals.
The former Valencia man has tasted FA Cup and League Cup success in the process while also experiencing Europa League glory.
“No, to be honest, you have to think about it,” responded Mata when asked by the Man Utd media if renewing with the club was a no-brainer decision.
“Of course, because I was a free agent at the end of my contract and, as is normal in the football world, you receive some calls from different clubs and think about maybe potential new stages in your career but, on the other hand, the feeling of being at this club and especially because of how last season went, probably the most difficult season in my life, it didn’t feel natural to me to leave that way.
“Of course, also I’m staying because I still believe I can give so much to the team and I think the club believes the same.
“I’m very, very hopeful and excited to still win trophies here. It’s very special to be a player at this club and it’s even more special to win trophies and that’s why I’m here and all the players are here.”