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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. Okey

    September 2, 2013 at 7:29 am

    Mr Jose , am sorry mata remain the engine room hazzard, oscar is a good players but remain de most dagerous player therefore no mata and david luiz no good result for chelsea against big team

  2. alex

    September 2, 2013 at 7:30 am

    I guess he knows wat he’s doing, cos a person that with his right sences shouldn’t think of selling chelsea’s best. CFC 4 LIFE

  3. MuRry

    September 2, 2013 at 7:31 am

    Chelsea defensive mid field has been over looked by mou. He is a coach and totally aware of lamp and ramiries combination bein a failure.. But evidently he has pride and he is aware of mikel or essien power house for such role.. Now he is contemplatin mata same way he almost let go of luis.. Chelsea is playin more and more depressin match to watch. He should make proper selection because I think it would be a failure on his part with all this resources not to have series of trophies.. Chelsea big up blue

  4. Mykeldj

    September 2, 2013 at 7:33 am

    I think mourinho wants mata 2 be 100% fit that is why he’s stil keeping him coz according 2 him he said mata is in his plans. Bt i want u guyz 2 knw sumtin…even if mata plays, he can’t play as our playmaker anylonger under jose coz he said mata is better at d right wing side…so that’s where d problem lies bt let’s wait nd see what happens sha.

  5. sm ikotun

    September 2, 2013 at 7:41 am

    Mata is goin no wia

  6. Michael

    September 2, 2013 at 7:48 am

    Mr.Mourinho,u have been doing a great job since your arrival and i would like you to keep it up….we believe you can lead us to glory…but juan mata exit rumour should be gone.Mata still has a key role at chelsea and he is the assist,it will be a very great loss if he leaves…but i believe u have something special to do

  7. zzy

    September 2, 2013 at 7:53 am

    Mou pls dnt sell him;d fans 2 think of what u’ll b doing 2 chelsea fans all ova d whole.

  8. Iyke jesus

    September 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Mr mourinho don’t ever think of selling mate. Past two seasons he is our best creative midfielder! Start using mata, mikel, oscar, hazard, ramirez,cahill. Ivanovic, louiz,cole, torres at the same time

  9. Fadhil.

    September 2, 2013 at 7:54 am

    Mou pliz make us chelsea fans happy by make mata play regularly real mata iz el mago so creative .hazard ,oscar ar gud but not than mata.plz mou.

  10. Godwin

    September 2, 2013 at 7:58 am

    I hope mou should make good choices, bcox if he does not deliver any trophy wit all dis materals it ll be a sham on him.. Nd ll need mata on d feild of play

  11. Jeremiah

    September 2, 2013 at 8:03 am

    Mr jose,we love u all but selling mata wil anoda problm 4 d squard dat chels hav coz if u relyin on willems b4 he grab chels starting playin we cause alot of problm,pls Happy one dont sell mata,we love u all.

  12. Jeremiah

    September 2, 2013 at 8:06 am

    Mr jose,we love u all but selling mata wil be anoda problm 4 d squard dat chels hav coz if u relyin on willems b4 he grab chels starting playin we cause alot of problm,pls Happy one dont sell mata,we love u all.

  13. chibuikem

    September 2, 2013 at 8:13 am

    It wil b very bd 4 us if mata leaves. Pls mou dnt let him go, biko, ejoo. Mata rminds our favourit player

  14. Abramspy

    September 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

    As for me i don’t care becuse (mr jose) is very stoborn man let him do wot so ever he want

  15. Bluzkidinho

    September 2, 2013 at 8:15 am

    I’ve been a fan of mou and chelsea all my life,but at dis very juncture,i don’t see chelsea selling mata cuz he’s an unpredictable player and a game changer anytym any day.Mou will be insane 2 allow mata slip away…Blue till 2mao!

  16. seth o

    September 2, 2013 at 8:27 am

    Pls jose,,,dn’t eva fink of sellin mata,,he’s one of d best midfielder (engin room) chelsea hav eva had..and pls start using him,,we ar rilli missin him on d pitch…blues remains d club.

  17. odebode yunus

    September 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Mr mou sell mata will be a great los for cfc he is our best player so far mata, oscar, harzard they are chels three amigos in last season pls we luv u and we like to see mata in our lineup all the time mata and mikel are very important in our squad agaist big team to get a good result

  18. Don farefree

    September 2, 2013 at 8:28 am

    Wel i am very happy to see my club wit a diffrent qulity these summer inded we hv a wondaful sqaud dat can chalenge all title

  19. Nathaniel

    September 2, 2013 at 8:33 am

    Mr.mourinho,u have been a good manager since u came,u made good signings,bt don’t let mata go,cuz he has been d engine room 4 chelsea 4 d last 2 seasons,try nd give him good play time then his football wil convince u.blues 4 ever.

  20. Honesty

    September 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

    Mata goin no where…..mou is not crazy… he?

  21. Olagee

    September 2, 2013 at 8:34 am

    I tnk Mou is crazy cos he’s been goin tnz against his earlier wrdz b4 d seasn started. He said Lamps wuld b used spearingly bur d reverse is d case. We needed fresh legs against Bayern bur he opted 4 a 35yr old who has started all Matches and played evry min sinc d start of d seasn. Our midfield bcame jetlagged against Bayern cos a 35 yr old is playin a 120mins. I av always been a fan of Mr Mou bur wit all he has been doin, I dnt tnk I trust him anymre. What wuld b d faith of d youths in d@ Chelsea team? A Micheal Essien or Mikel in d@ team against Bayern wuld av been entirely different. Am nt behind wateva he does anymre & am jst watchn on 2 c w@ hapuns as d seasn progresses. #Angry Fan#

  22. richard

    September 2, 2013 at 8:56 am

    jose dnt make attempt of sellin dis guy mata is a gud player.i huge u nt 2 sell dis guy,cus is our future player pls take note

  23. Fred

    September 2, 2013 at 9:17 am

    Please Jose Mourinho don’t even make any attent of loaning Mata or to sell him this season. Mata we (fans) know is a good meanfielder & he has done well for the past two seasons for the Blues. The likes of mata & Obi mike aren’t to joke with in both attacking & defensive meanfields. As for the strikers, Lukaku may return to loan, sell Ba if u wish but as for Torres, Eto’o & anyone u wish to buy before the close of transfer market to stay, but if no body is coming in as a striker, then, allow Lukaku to stay.

  24. temitayo

    September 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Mr moh.pls nd pls dn’t tink of sellin mata bcos is our best player start usin him,all chelsea fans are angry with u for not usin mata.

  25. onuh everestus

    September 2, 2013 at 9:43 am

    Jose is an idiot by saying that Mata should go. Ok if that is the case let chelsea fans choose between Mata and Jose who should leave now nowoo.

  26. Awolola Olajide

    September 2, 2013 at 9:47 am

    Pls mr jose,dnt even atempt to sell mata at all,bcos we need him at chlsea now with good quality he have and mikel obi bcos they were chlsea engine room now and it will be a great loss if u did. In every big matches we need them. Up blues

  27. Aderinto Akorede

    September 2, 2013 at 10:11 am

    Gud job by the special one but it wil be dangerous for mou to sell mata out of the squad becos, he has also been a consistence one only dt mou is nt having plan 4 mata,i beg u mou keep mata safe.

  28. Afeez daramola

    September 2, 2013 at 10:58 am

    Jose best coche in the world I beg u by the grace of GOD don’t sell mata, mata is one of chealsea best players tral to fine way for oscar,hazard,willims,kelvin,mata,schllu, what ii mean is dis, out of dis. There or four most start, GOD bless you ROMAN and JOSE

  29. Afeez daramola

    September 2, 2013 at 11:04 am

    Jose best coche in the world I beg u by the grace of GOD don’t sell mata, mata is one of chealsea best players tral to fine way for oscar,hazard,willims,kelvin,mata,schllu, what i mean is dis, out of dis. Three or four most start, GOD bless you ROMAN and JOSE, at list fine way for mikel obi and esen

  30. Maga

    September 2, 2013 at 1:04 pm

    Mou knws wht he’s doin,we fans shud allow him concentrate or hv u heard him say anytin bd abt mikel?

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