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

As we reach the end of the transfer window, Tom Gatehouse takes one last look at the curious case of Chelsea’s Juan Mata and whether he could be on the move.

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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  1. Auchman

    September 2, 2013 at 4:40 am

    proficient three wise men in Chelsea are Mata, Oscar and Hazard. These are the trio that makes Chelsea complete. Without Mata Chelsea is incomplete. Mr Mourinho better think twice and stop frustrating this big club.

  2. wilper

    September 2, 2013 at 4:44 am

    mou wake up,hw was chelsea the best team with statistic against bayarn.we knw mata nt good as a tackler but his offensive out way that.mata oscar hazard n ramires must play,lampard shld kam frm bench once terry is on the pitch.wallians n other attacker need rotation with mazacar

  3. Bukado Nwa Chelsea

    September 2, 2013 at 4:56 am

    Mourinho, Think Twice. If u sell Mata, U hav killed Chelsea.

  4. olablues

    September 2, 2013 at 5:01 am

    mr mouriho, manchester draw against us was becoz of d absent of mata. wen mata oscar and hazard play 2geder dere is always a big diffrence. so i better we start usin mata naw

  5. lawrence ( chelsea)

    September 2, 2013 at 5:15 am

    mr motion dont skaters chelsea pls mats chelsea best playwer

  6. Charles femmy

    September 2, 2013 at 5:15 am

    Mr mourhino make sure u keep mata and make used of him on d pitch. Up blues

  7. Terrific fayol

    September 2, 2013 at 5:55 am

    I see no reason why jose is benchin fans favourite . cus we all aware of is defensive ability wich is non-issue . nobody can dictate d pattern of play like juan mata. I tink d second cumin of happy one is 2 destroye d team wt is personal likenes of our great legend frank lampard cus is now a finish product wt is tired leg. Can’t control d tempo of d game. An happy one is aware of mikey ability.

  8. richie

    September 2, 2013 at 6:07 am

    Leave mourinho, he knws wat he’s doing. Bt God will punish him if he destroys chelsea. Dats all I hav to say

  9. Christian

    September 2, 2013 at 6:16 am

    I support everything everyone has said. mourinho had beta watch it cos we Chelsea fans won’t take it. stop benching our playmaker or else special one or Hapy one must go

  10. richard p

    September 2, 2013 at 6:19 am

    Mr abramhmovic pls tell mourinho to use Mata 4 us he is d best player chelsea hav our first xi should b cech Luis cahill Cole ivanovic or azipliquata metfielders ramires mikel Mata Oscar hazard attacker torrez lukaku or eto.o pls willian schurrle van ginkel de bruyne n lampard should bn in subt chelsea is a better when there is Mata on the field of play so pls Mr mourinho do nt sale Mata to anybody in d world of football pls we re beging u

  11. richard p

    September 2, 2013 at 6:29 am

    If mourinho is nt going to use Mata pls sack him n bring in another coach pls special one or happy one wht ever u call ur self u should taketime us bcos dis season we wnt to win the UCL EPL FA CUP N EVEN THE CAPITA ONE CUP so b careful with us chelsea is a better team when Mata is in the pich UP BLUEZ 4LIFE

  12. jenyo

    September 2, 2013 at 6:30 am

    mou you better start using mata now b4 we turn our back against you we ve loved you dont create an avenue where you will be turned against bcos of mata you better get serious

  13. joseph

    September 2, 2013 at 6:35 am

    Pls,Happy one let d sleeping dog lie & bring back juan mate d incredible 2 d picth 4 us,cos he’s d only playmaker we’ve got as long as chelsea is corncern.i remain a true blue.

  14. olayinka

    September 2, 2013 at 6:46 am

    Mr mourinho,,,,,pls stat usin mata,,coz da combination of chelsea squad z nt wel owk ryt nw,,,,coz hazard,oscar nd mata r d lyf of chelsea,,nd if yu sell mata,datz meanz yu av skater chelsea,,,ah dnt evn undstnd yu,yu alwaz bhave as if yu r mad atyms,,,,nd if yu spoil chelsea dis season,,ah promise yu r goin nxt season,,coz datz aw yu spoil madrid,,,,

  15. Yusha

    September 2, 2013 at 6:48 am

    Mou beter wake-up if at-all you are sleeping! Chelsea squad can not do wthout mata. Pls play mata!(fans favorite). “Cech. Iva,cahil,luiz,cole. Ramirez,oscar. Mata,Willian,Hazard(m-wizard) and torres

  16. balak

    September 2, 2013 at 6:49 am

    U guys arent serious with wat u r saying, y shuld mouriho feature a player dat is not 100% fit.he wil be held responsible if he loos any match so let him alone.and y do u thnk mouriho has refuse to let mata go,thnk mata is fully in his plan

    • alex

      September 2, 2013 at 7:33 am

      U are right my brother, mata needs to be 100% fit b4 playing

  17. jerry audu

    September 2, 2013 at 6:56 am

    Pls mou mata is a key asset in chelsea…he was inspirational ever since he joined d blues nd his pairing wit hazard oscar up front is deadly to any team so b warned nd dont even attempt to sell him mr mou.

  18. ibikunle

    September 2, 2013 at 6:56 am

    I think we should allow Mourinho do his job. If he doesn‘t want to use him at all he would have disposed him. I think Mourinho is currently working on his defense ability.
    I trust JM.

  19. chikamso johnson

    September 2, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Is jose most be mad if he sell my juna mata, juna is our best player for pass two season now so pls jose if u can not use mata then go to another club ok

  20. idiahsamson

    September 2, 2013 at 6:57 am

    Pls mata should be brought back to d chelsea start 11,mr mon pls play dis guy 4 us,he is our best player 4 now,we love u mon,

  21. Thankgod Alfred

    September 2, 2013 at 7:03 am

    Mourinho is now a vegitarian, is not longer a special 1 dat we use to know then. If mou refused to use mata our best player of d yr 4 two season. I promise u guys, he will be sack by mr abramovich dat 1 is certain. I love mata as well as mikel. Dey need to play first 11 teams, while lampard n orders play 4rm bench, God bless chelsea. Blue 4 ever. One love.

  22. Peters

    September 2, 2013 at 7:05 am

    V.Moses is gone on loan, nw j. Mata again? I hope mou didnt sign 2 scarter chelsea gud players oooo.

  23. michael

    September 2, 2013 at 7:08 am

    B4 mouriho came,we have d best team, with d likes of juan mata, hazad $ oscar. D only problem I saw in d team last season was lack of good attacking options on d bench and gud strikers. Chelsea now lack d creativity we used to have. Mata who had been d brain behind d creativity is has nw been made useless by mouriho. I’m not happy with his coming bck to chelsea and I doubt his success this time around.

  24. sixtuson

    September 2, 2013 at 7:09 am

    I think mr. Mourinho should think twice of the position of Mata.
    He is just one of the best players in the club for now.
    And you could imagine the pressence of the trio Mata, Oscar And Hazard spoting it out in the attacking MF, It always yield good result.
    Mata should be given a first place in the club, and let all there tranfer rumours be over.

  25. Hassan abdulrahman

    September 2, 2013 at 7:12 am

    I dnt lyk mourinho dropin mata on,bcos with mata oscar hazard the our magic mildflder dat will compered 2 barcelona

  26. sam

    September 2, 2013 at 7:14 am

    I don’t mind Mata Roo swap!

  27. richie

    September 2, 2013 at 7:16 am

    I don’t what’s wrong with this man, why do u want to sell our best player for two season. you know everybody want mata, ramires, mike, oscar and hazard to be our first team every march because last season when benitez are using this people we play a good football but not until u arrive now we don’t play good football anymore.. pls if u don’t want fans to tun against u better use this people because u are always believe in ur self and that’s why people call u arrogant coach…and don’t ever in ur life think that u want to sell mata, luiz and mike.

  28. Anyitex

    September 2, 2013 at 7:21 am

    Mr mou. Have you come back to destroy chelsea’s team? This is incredible why do you want to bench our bench Mata is like to bench messi. Mou better repent now because the fans will not take it lightly with him this time.

  29. kachmula

    September 2, 2013 at 7:22 am

    mou we r missing mata in d pitch…oscar n hazard cnt even hold d ball…bcos mata is nt dere…d three musketers…controlling d midfield…pls play mata we miss him…up blues…mata must stay.

  30. michael

    September 2, 2013 at 7:28 am

    I’m a great chelsea fan and lover of good football. Mata is an attacking midfielder not a defencive midfielder, so pple shuld stop complainin dat Mouriho is ny usin Mata bcos he can’t defend. Imagine a coach nt usin messi, iniesta or ronaldo becos dey can’t defend. These pple are play makers and scorer of goals. Since mouriho is more defensive minded, he shuld just use mikel and Ramires in d central midfield roll. Lampard is nt really funtioning in dat roll, mikel is more competent.

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