Before the season had even started, there were whispers in the tabloids that Jose Mourinho wasn’t a fan of Juan Mata. Chelsea fans immediately dismissed this and the speculation that the Spaniard would leave the club.
Five months later, with Mata starting just half of Chelsea’s games in the league this season, it would seem as though the rumours surrounding Mourinho’s feelings on Mata were correct.
Mata was subbed off in Chelsea’s victory just five minutes in to the second half and was visibly frustrated by the decision.
“I want to keep him. I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go,” Mourinho said after the game. “But my door is open and the club’s door is open too. When a player wants to speak with us we are there waiting.”
Reports today suggest that both PSG and Manchester United prepared to meet Chelsea’s evaluation, with the latter desperate for someone of Mata’s ability in their squad.
With the World Cup just a few months away and such stiff competition for places in Spain’s squad, Mata and his father have reportedly decided that it is time for him to leave Chelsea.