Chelsea: Juan Mata To Take Centre Stage On Transfer Deadline Day?

By on September 1, 2013

Juan Mata

It has been a bizarre few weeks in the world of football, on and off the pitch. The intense heat of the summer transfer window seems to have had a strange effect on the equilibrium of the game, with a series of examples, some extraordinary and some quite unseemly, continuing to prove that the beautiful game remains inordinately ‘box-office’.

The situation concerning Juan Mata is one of particular intrigue; rather, where on earth have the reports linking the Chelsea maestro with an unceremonious exit come from? And while many have dismissed the matter offhand, including Chelsea big-boss Jose Mourinho, the issue still remains like an irretrievable thumb-tack on the bottom of a shoe for the Chelsea faithful.

Football journalism is a multi-faceted operation; where else could a manager bluntly tell reporters that the player will not leave, but still wake up to a plethora of links and stories professing uncertainty over that same player.

“There is no chance Juan goes,” Jose Mourinho told reporters after the 0-0 draw with Manchester United last Monday. But these definitive six-words have done almost nothing in quelling the media storm over Mata.

Chelsea have been snapping up wingers and attacking midfielders with reckless abandon this summer. Only last week, Brazilian trickster, Willian, joined the increasingly crowded segment of the Blues’ squad, and winger Christian Atsu put pen-to-paper at Stamford Bridge on Sunday, moving in a £3.5m deal.

From a Tottenham point of view, Chelsea are playing the role of school yard bully, snatching new toys from their quivering grip on an almost weekly basis. Atsu had been on Tottenham boss, Andre Villas-Boas’ radar; and Willian had undergone a medical at White Hart Lane. But Roman Abramovich’s intervention decided the destination of the 24-year-old, allowing for Jose Mourinho, much to his own amusement, to wax lyrical over the North London club’s ‘naivety’ over potential transfer dealings.

With Atsu likely to return to Porto in a loan move, and Victor Moses all but sure to complete a loan move to Liverpool before the window slams shut on Monday, Juan Mata’s name seems to be next on the ‘to go’ list, if the reports are to be believed.

Mata’s ‘fall from grace’ has been quite extraordinary. Arguably the engine in the Chelsea vehicle for the last two seasons, the 25-year-old has been the envy of many, putting in world class performances on a weekly basis as the Blues won both the Champions League and then the Europa League with the Spaniard pulling the strings.

It is believed that Mourinho is not convinced by Mata’s defensive abilities on the pitch, with the likes of Schurrle, Oscar and De Bruyne more aware of their duties when without the ball. Eden Hazard has been criticised for his lack of tracking back during last season, but his still youthful malleability, and raw talent has seen Mourinho take an immediate liking to the Belgian.

But just imagine the absolute outrage if say Arsene Wenger were to suddenly drop Santi Cazorla; or Barcelona were to cut Leo Messi from the ranks; or Madrid were to remove club legend Iker Casillas from the picture..?

Well, Mourinho certainly got an earful for that little episode last year, but with Carlo Ancelotti continuing to keep Casillas on the bench for the opening two games of the new La Liga season; perhaps Jose wasn’t wrong about the current state of the Spanish captain?

Would that therefore mean that a little faith in the ‘Happy One’ wouldn’t be totally misplaced, even concerning something so incomprehensible?

It is highly unlikely, due to the lack of time remaining in the summer transfer window, that he will be allowed to leave on Monday, but the issue may rear its ugly head once more in January.  The Spaniard will be particularly conscious of the reports, what with the World Cup in Brazil fast approaching. Having been left out of the Spain squad for this week’s round of international fixtures, Mata knows that first-team football is a must in what will be a crucial season in his career.

What is certain here is that losing Mata would be horrifying for Chelsea fans world-wide.

What do we think? What does the future hold for Juan Mata? Get involved in the comments below!

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105 Comments

  1. battyjoel

    September 2, 2013 at 3:11 pm

    mr.jose.when the head is missing,the body has no value.what do u now thing wil happen in match to come if mata,obi are nt there,cos u have already seen what happen againt bayern,manun.so mr.manager.dont mak attempt to sell or loen mata &Obi.for the betterment of ur career and the club.

  2. michaelrandy

    September 2, 2013 at 4:33 pm

    Pls mr.manager pls for the sake of chelsea fans world wide pls don’t sell mata nd mikel pls all chelsea fans world wide are begging u

  3. Bashir

    September 2, 2013 at 4:36 pm

    Pliz mr.manager put da boy on da pitch.mata’s is still gud but wen u put him on da bench,he will become a flop!

  4. shevlazz

    September 2, 2013 at 6:03 pm

    Pls Mr Jose, dont sell Mata because he is seriously needed in chelsea. He is a very good player. If u sell him, dont be suprised wen he score a hatrick if chelsea meet with the club you want to sell him. THANKS.

  5. daniel

    September 2, 2013 at 8:28 pm

    if chelsea sell mata i will stop watching chelsea match

  6. daniel

    September 2, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    don’t sell mata

  7. Xtian

    September 2, 2013 at 9:31 pm

    Pls mr manger dont sell obi or mate the ar gud players we need dem up blues

  8. Morgan

    September 2, 2013 at 9:34 pm

    Mourinho u r gud bt dnt tink if u dnt win as expected u wud remain in chelsea….hw can u remove player of.the season 4 2 consecutive seasons from d starting line-up…its nt fair…mata is a shining light that should not b hidden!!!!

  9. B-n nwanekwu nnanwa

    September 2, 2013 at 10:14 pm

    Give mata a tryer to see if true it’s chelsea best player.

  10. Geo max

    September 2, 2013 at 10:26 pm

    Plss n plss i wil hav to beg on u ‘the special one’ mata n obi re very important players we cnt afford to lose. Plss dnt disapoint us by sellin dem.

  11. Alisi daniel

    September 2, 2013 at 11:39 pm

    Mau’s is wrong if he let mata go.Cfc best player 4 two consecutive seasons

  12. ballackz jazako

    September 3, 2013 at 3:33 pm

    Dnt evn thnk of selling Any of those player coz is like u r taking ur own bread out of ur mouth mourinho n mata of all player coz Plz the respect ur gvn is the one u must gv to all cfc fans n mata plzzzz

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  14. material

    September 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

    we all knw juan will still get bk 2 starting line up…bcus 4 mata 2 liv chelsea plss jose shuld go far far…

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