Chelsea fans can breathe a sigh of relief. Juan Mata is staying at Stamford Bridge - for now at least.
Rumours had been rife surrounding Mata during the off-season. Mata has been linked with Barcelona, Real Madrid and even a swap deal for Manchester United striker Wayne Rooney since the season ended.
These rumours along with the addition of Andre Schurrle and the return of Kevin de Bruyne and Chelsea fans may have had some grounds for worry.
However, when quizzed in a press conference on Friday afternoon about Mata’s future Jose Mourinho was definitive in his answer.
“The point is not to sell. We want to add quality,” said Mourinho. “Juan is a player we all like very much. We want more quality, not less quality.”
For now Mata looks to be staying in SW6 and Chelsea fans will undoubtedly be happy, even if it does mean Wayne Rooney does not become a Chelsea player.
However, whether he will feature in the same role he did last season remains to be seen. After being an unused substitute in Chelsea's curtain-raiser vs Hull, before being reinstated to the starting line-up against Aston Villa on Tuesday, he looked decidedly ordinary.
In the same press conference Jose Mourinho all but confirmed what many Chelsea fans have been hearing through the grapevine over the last few days: Willian is expected to sign for Chelsea, not Tottenham, despite already having had a medical at the north London club this week.
When asked about Willian deciding to join Chelsea, Mourinho nodded his head and quipped “It’s hard because I don’t like to speak about other players … it’s best to do the medical in secret."
Mourinho reminded interviewers that he likes to work with a squad of around 22 players and while the Special One says Chelsea’s intention is not to sell, he conceded that some players might leave on loan.
One of the rumoured players is Victor Moses, who reportedly went AWOL after his game for Nigeria – one of the reasons he was not selected for Chelsea’s game against Hull.
Mourinho is looking forward to Chelsea’s trip to Old Trafford this coming Monday but admitted it will be a different feeling going there without Sir Alex Ferguson to greet him before, and after the game.
However, Mourinho was quick to praise David Moyes, and when asked if David Moyes could be a success at Manchester United he stated that “David cannot change history, and Sir Alex left that history at Manchester United. Will it be a problem for David? I don’t think so.”
Mourinho added that Moyes is currently in “a big moment” and has “fantastic conditions” under which to do a job at Manchester United, something he may not have had at Everton.
Mourinho also acknowledged that while Moyes has not won the Premier League that doesn’t mean he is not a good manager.
The Special One instead said he believes you have to measure success against the kind of team the manager is managing. It is because of what Moyes did with Everton that Mourinho thinks Moyes will do “very well” at Manchester United.
Finally, when quizzed on whether Wayne Rooney will join Chelsea, Mourinho simply answered, “I don’t care. I don’t care about the player at this moment, I have a big match to play on Monday.”
The press conference was held at Chelsea’s training facility at Cobham, Surrey, England at 1pm GMT on August 23, 2013.
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