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Man Utd's Mata wants to play into his forties

Mata has played over 100 games for United. Credit: PA

Juan Mata would like to extend his Old Trafford stay and go on to play into his forties like Manchester United great Ryan Giggs.

Mata has become an influential figure under Jose Mourinho and now has the prospect of extending his contract beyond this summer.

United already hold the option to add a further year and the Spain international is open to discussing a longer stay, even raising the prospect of playing into his forties like Giggs.

Asked if he can see himself finishing his career at United, Mata told ESPN FC: "Why not? I'm 29 and hopefully I can play football for some more years.

"It would be great to play until I'm 40 like Ryan Giggs. But that's still a bit far, still 11 years.

"I'm happy here. The club is massive, the support we have is massive. I've been settled down in the city since year one. Now it's my fourth year in Manchester.

"You never know what can happen in football and in life. But my feeling now is that I'm happy here and I wouldn't have any problem continuing here for more time."

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England name team to face Samoa

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England team to play Samoa at Twickenham on Saturday, November 25, 3pm KO:

M Brown (Harlequins); J May (Leicester Tigers), H Slade (Exeter Chiefs), A Lozowski (Saracens), E Daly (Wasps), G Ford (Leicester Tigers, co-captain), D Care (Harlequins), E Genge (Leicester Tigers), J George (Saracens 19), D Cole (Leicester Tigers), J Launchbury (Wasps), C Ewels (Bath Rugby), M Itoje (Saracens), C Robshaw (Harlequins, co-captain), S Simmonds (Exeter Chiefs).

Replacements: D Hartley (Northampton Saints), J Marler (Harlequins), H Williams (Exeter Chiefs), N Isiekwe (Saracens), C Lawes (Northampton Saints), B Youngs (Leicester Tigers), P Francis (Northampton Saints), S Rokoduguni (Bath Rugby).

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