Juan Mata ‘has REJECTED offers from the MLS’ since leaving Man United to stay at the highest level’

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Former Manchester United midfielder Juan Mata has reportedly rejected offers from MLS club since leaving Manchester United because he wants to stay at the highest level before hanging up his boots.

Mata ended his eight-year stay at Old Trafford this summer to seek a new challenge, but he is yet to find a new club as new campaigns kick off across Europe.

The 34-year-old is said to be taking a ‘patient’ approach to his next chapter, accirding to Spanish outlet Marca, but has no intention to drop down a level.

Instead, the playmaker wants to keep challenging himself in a top league in Europe, the report claims, with Mata still retaining ‘enthusiasm’ for the game and a desire to be successful and add to his trophy collection.

Mata is said to have been approached by teams in America, as well as ‘another exotic club’ in another continent, but turned it down, with his sole intention to keep himself around the biggest competitions in Europe.

And even though there is less than a month to go until the transfer window closes, Mata is not in a rush to join a new team and would rather wait to find the right one.

A number of high-profile players have opted to join MLS clubs this summer, including Gareth Bale and Giorgio Chiellini, who left Real Madrid and Juventus respectfully to link up with Los Angeles FC.

Meanwhile, former Juventus striker Gonzalo Higuain currently plies his trade with Inter Miami, while Napoli star Lorenzo Insigne went to Toronto.

Mata finished his United spell with 285 appearances, scoring 51 goals in total as he ended up lifting four trophies – the FA Cup, the EFL Cup, the Europa League and the Community Shield.

He became a favourite among supporters and was given an emotional send-off in his last game at Old Trafford against Brentford last season.

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