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Chelsea should keep hold of Juan Mata

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Will Mata return to the La Liga next season? (©GettyImages)
Will Mata return to the La Liga next season? (©GettyImages).

Juan Mata would seem like a very ordinary guy without any special qualities if you were to glance at him in a public place. 

However, Mata scored 11 goals and had another 17 assists to show for his efforts last season. 

He was responsible for 28 of 75 goals Chelsea scored last season which is a rather hefty percentage for a single player alone.

He is the creative linchpin of the new definition of Chelsea's team. His superb technique, amazing close control, vision and the ability to beat his man to set up chances has had opposition Premier League defenders baffled and scratching their heads on how to stop this diminutive magician.

The Blues currently boast of a wealth of creative players and to stand out among them all and be the first choice, is by no means a small feat. 

His versatility is an asset which managers across the world would love to have as he can play on either wing and also in the hole behind the striker.

But now with new manager Jose Mourinho said to be a big fan of Eden Hazard, Mata's future seems to be up in the air

With every new manager comes some changes and reports suggest Mata is not part of Mourinho's plans for next season.

The player himself though is not interested in any talk of transfer as of now, as he is competing for Spain in the Confederations Cup in Brazil, preferring to lay low and not adding fuel to the speculative fire.

He is a quiet person off the field and does not like too much attention from the press. 

He instead prefers to do much his talking the pitch and his consistency and ability to keep playing matches without a break is amazing. 

The fact that since 2010, Mata has had a shortened summer break each and every year but has still managed to deliver makes his feat all the more extraordinary.

He has been a part of Spain's international squads each summer since 2010 starting with the 2010 FIFA Wold Cup, followed by the 2011 UEFA European U-21 Championship, 2012 UEFA Euro Championship and now, 2013 FIFA Confederations Cup, collecting a winner's medal in each of the first three cases.

He started 60 and 72 matches in 2011-12 and 2012-13 respectively, for club and country. 

That is a staggering number of matches to play in a single calendar year which showcases his extraordinary fitness levels.

It is of little wonder that Barcelona, who often have to play a lot of matches, owing to their ability of reaching the final stages of cup competitions, are interested in adding this Castilla youth product to their ranks.

Mourinho would do well to recognise and appreciate these out-of-the-ordinary qualities of Mata.

But will Mourinho keep him at Stamford Bridge? 

If he does choose to sell him then Chelsea fans would have to learn to be happy without the services of the one player who had been consistently bringing smiles to their faces for the last two seasons.

 

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