Jose Mourinho: Juan Mata can leave in transfer window
[one_fourth last=”no”][/one_fourth]Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has sensationally confirmed that Juan Mata will be allowed to leave the club in the now open January transfer window, a shocking development at Stamford Bridge which may see the fans question Mourinho’s decisions for the first time since his return to the club. Big spenders Paris Saint-Germain are now firm favourites to sign the 25-year-old playmaker.
Mata was substituted in the Blue’s New Years Day game away against Southampton and as he was taking his place on the bench, Mata’s obvious anger and disappointment at the decision was there for all to see. Seeing his number go up on the board in the 53rd minute, the Spaniard was clearly shocked and immediately started flailing his arms around in the air. Trudging off the pitch, he didn’t bother to shake his manager’s hand and their relationship is said to be beyond repair.
A world-class talent, Mata has found it nearly impossible to impress Mourinho and he has barely featured for Chelsea this season, starting only half of the Blue’s Premier League games and he has made just two bit-part appearances in the Champions League so far. When he has started games under Mourinho he consistently found himself substituted in those games, often the first player to leave the pitch and Mata has only completed the full 90 minutes twice in the Premier League.
The player is said to be extremely frustrated and is seeking a move away from Stamford Bridge as soon as possible, the player is also worried about losing his place in the Spain squad for the World Cup Finals and is desperate for a transfer so he can play first-team football again.
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Mourinho said Mata can discuss leaving, although he did stress his desire for the Spaniard to stay at Stamford Bridge. After the game against Southampton, Mourinho said the following in his post-match press conference: “I don’t want him to go, that is my opinion and that is my wish – but my door is open. The club’s door is open too, so when a player wants to speak with us we are there waiting for them.”
A young Mata started out his career at Real Madrid but he failed to make a lasting impression at the Bernabeu and Valencia snapped him up in 2007 after meeting a minimum fee release clause in his contract. Injuries to star player Vicente would see Mata thrown into the limelight at the Mestalla and he would go on to make over 100 La Liga appearances for Los Che bagging over 30 goals. Mata would sign for Chelsea in August 2011 for a deal worth around £23.5 million and he quickly went on to make himself a fan favourite at the club. Mata’s impressive performances at Stamford Bridge saw him earn consecutive Chelsea Player of the Year awards in 2012 and 2013.
Chelsea will look to recoup most of the £23.5 million they spent on the player and PSG are said to be very interested in the player and the fee would not cause a problem for the Parisians. Manchester United have also been linked with a bid for the player but Mourinho will refuse any sale to United as he does not want to strengthen a direct rivals squad.