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Juan Mata To Valencia - Transfer Talk

29/09/2014 09:34 BST | Updated 29/09/2014 09:59 BST

Juan Mata could be set for an upturn in fortunes after Wayne Rooney's red card but the Manchester United attacker continues to be linked with a move away from the club.

United's interest in Kevin Strootman has seen Mata mooted as a makeweight in a possible deal but this morning the Spaniard is touted for a return to Valencia.

Peter Lim's takeover of the club could, in time, make Valencia as competitive as they were under Rafael Benítez at the beginning of the century and Mata would be one player warmly welcomed back.

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Mata started United's last two games on the bench

United's next three games could have a huge bearing on Mata's future. With Rooney suspended, either he or Adnan Januzaj will play behind Robin van Persie and Radamel Falcao, unless Louis van Gaal switches formation again.

Ashley Young is another player who could leave United, with former club Aston Villa and Southampton both reportedly keen on the England winger, currently injured.

Eden Hazard is yet to sign a new Chelsea contract but has ruled out a move to Paris Saint-Germain.

And Stoke manager Mark Hughes has revealed Emmanuel Rivière rejected the Potters in favour of Newcastle... on the eve of Stoke versus Newcastle. That's one underwhelming way to stoke the flames.