When rumours first broke that Juan Mata would be on his way out of Chelsea and join David Moyes’ struggling Manchester United side eyebrows were raised, but the possibility has become so much more real in the past couple of days.
The Spanish international was supposed to go to Manchester today to have a medical and sign for around £37 million today but it looks as though that will be delayed as the Blues look to finalise the Salah deal and there will be a lot of attention surrounding Jose Mourinho’s press conference at 12:30 tomorrow.
Like most fans, I would be disappointed to see Mata leave Stamford Bridge and especially unhappy to see him move to another Premier League club, the same club that flat-out refused to do business with Chelsea over Wayne Rooney only a few months ago, but this is the situation that we are in and it’s of no surprise that the issue has divided the fans.
I think it is fairly clear that Mourinho did not like Mata from day one and his card has been marked since then, so any propagating of the myth that the player is somehow lazy or doesn’t fit the system is something that only the gullible would believe. Whether you agree or disagree with the club/manager’s decision, Mourinho has forced the player out and he will live or die by his decisions, so we will have to wait to see how this pans out.
Mata won the club’s Player of the Year award in his first two seasons at the club and was pivotal in both Chelsea’s Champions League and Europa League successes but has spent most of the time on the bench this season. It’s regrettable that the situation has come to this but the club goes on and all I hope is that a possible sale of Mata to United doesn’t come back to bite us in the arse.