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Mourinho Rules Out Mata Move And Explains Attackers Lack Of Playing Time

Jose Mourinho insists that Arsenal and Manchester United target Juan Mata will not be sold and explained the attackers lack of playing time so far this season.

As we enter the final stages of the summer transfer window, there is plenty of gossip doing the rounds in the newspapers so we’ll keep you up-to-date with the latest transfer rumours. Today, Jose Mourinho rules out selling Juan Mata.

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Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho insists that Arsenal and Manchester United target Juan Mata will not be sold and explained the attackers lack of playing time so far this season.

Mata’s future has surprisingly been under scrutiny this summer following the arrival of Mourinho as manager with some reports suggesting the Portuguese coach only saw the 25-year-old as a bit-part player this season.

The playmaker was hauled off after just 60 minutes against Aston Villa last Wednesday and was subsequently left on the bench as an unused substitute during Monday’s 0-0 draw with Manchester United at Old Trafford, and speculation over his future intensified when the Blues signed Brazilian attacker Willian – who plays in the same position as Mata.

News today that Chelsea are also on the verge of signing Porto winger Christian Atsu has done nothing to dampen suggestions that the former Valencia man could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge and reports have linked both Arsenal and Manchester United with a move.

Mata’s father and agent, Juan Senior, was in the directors box at the Emirates on Tuesday night and Arsene Wenger confirmed he had heard that the player could be available and that he was a fan, but doubted whether Chelsea would sell to a rival. Wenger said:

“Well, yes. I like him [Mata].

“I have heard like you, because I watched the game last night, that Juan Mata could be on the market. I don’t know… there is anyway a reluctance in England to sell to each other.”

[source: the Mirror]

The arrival of both Willian and Atsu would leave Chelsea overly stocked in attacking midfielders and Mata has been touted as a possible departure. However, Mourinho has now reiterated his desire to keep hold of the Spanish international and claims his lack of playing time so far this season is down to a disrupted pre-season.

“There is no chance Juan goes.

“He had a very small pre-season after the Confederations Cup. And during that pre-season he was injured.

“He started training two days before we played the first league match.

“He played against Aston Villa and I decided to put him on the bench against United.” Mourinho is quoted as saying by Sky Sports News.

So it seems Mata will be staying at Chelsea and Arsene Wenger and David Moyes will have to look elsewhere is they want to sign a marquee name before the window shuts.

Of course Mourinho could be telling fibs and this could be all part of the transfer ‘game’. But even so, it’s highly doubtful he’d be prepared to sell such a player to the likes of Arsenal or United. Mata is a huge fan-favourite at the Bridge and it wouldn’t go down too well if the ‘Special One’ sold him to a rival, not to mention the fact he’d strengthen one of his title-challengers.

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Do you think there’s any chance Chelsea will sell Mata? What player would you like your team to sign? Share your views below.



  1. Ajise

    August 28, 2013 at 10:09 pm

    chelsea fans, you need to be patient. I can only adviss mou to look for a gd strick,er and forget about trs, ba, even lukk.

  2. nduagu

    August 28, 2013 at 11:08 pm

    Jose should not sale Mata. Mata our Favorite player, i don’t want him live Stanford bridge o. Chelsea should look for striker if man u not agree to sales roony .up chelsea up Jose

  3. dasilva

    August 28, 2013 at 11:17 pm

    Pls mou the only one should not sell juan Mata.David Luis and Mikel cos we will nid them soon.

  4. Da-A1

    August 29, 2013 at 1:10 am

    all i have to say is that it would be a great nd stupid mistake to sell Juan Mata our best player to any club.

  5. Adejoh ogbadu

    August 29, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Juan senior shld go n die, mata, Luiz and Mikel ar not for sale. Pls keep ur eyes off from them.

  6. benson kilush

    August 29, 2013 at 6:40 am

    mou should not sale mata and Mikel

  7. Olukolu Shamsudin

    August 29, 2013 at 8:15 am

    Juan is d blues ‘messi’ , so he will not be sold.

  8. anthony michael

    August 29, 2013 at 8:30 am

    chelsea vs man u, if u look at dat game critically; juan mata is needed at dat match. So jose should not make mistake in selling mata becos mata is our saviour and our best player: up blues!!!

  9. Stanley

    August 29, 2013 at 8:57 am

    It wil b so stupid 2 sell our favourite players like mikel, mata& luiz. If mou wants 2 do swap deal y cnt he use lampard, essien. Mind u dat if victor moses goes 2 liverpool, he z goin 2 be lik Hazard. Even i wil hold mou responsible 4 denyin our 3 points against manu. Now dat they av retain roony n u end up losin both. Plz mou, we nid the constant playin of mata, mikel n moses in our match coz wen u came back, i was hopin 4 a 15 straight win which i blv d likes of mata, mikel n ramirez @ d right winger wil be ok. Plz mou make use of striker coz d more they play d more they gain experience especialy lukaku n Ba

    • Emmylynk

      August 29, 2013 at 2:07 pm

      so much sense in ur comment

  10. Sunita Ita

    August 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    My boss Jose Mourinho, please I will not forgive you if you sell mata and Liuz out of stanford Bridge.

  11. okwy drama

    August 29, 2013 at 10:24 am

    dont think of selling mata or mikel, well, thats transfer speculations. They are not leaving

  12. abayomi

    August 29, 2013 at 10:59 am

    as a chelsea fan am not please wit what mou is doing at d club.we xpected him to build team wit the players at d club rather is selling them away.mata is our best and he must be kept and respected by mou.

  13. Kooldens

    August 29, 2013 at 3:21 pm

    Morinho will succeed with chelsea if only he keeps Mata nd Mikel but if he sale either of them Mourhino will FAIL.

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