Chelsea only went into the race to sign Anzhi star, Willian, only a few days ago, stealing him from right under the nose of Tottenham, who were favourites for his signature.

This has led to speculation that Juan Mata’s place in the starting XI, which was guaranteed last season, is into question as both Mata and Willian occupy similar positions.

Both are able to play just behind the striker and on the wings and both are more than capable to spearhead the attack almost single-handedly.

Despite being one of the club’s star players in the last two seasons, since joining from Valencia, there has been speculation over Mata’s future at Chelsea for much of the summer since the return of Jose Mourinho to the club.

The Blues boss has moved to bring in winger Andre Schurrle from Bayer Leverkusen, as well as handing a first-team place to youngster Kevin De Bruyne, who has returned to the club after a successful loan spell with Werder Bremen last season.

With the Blues spoiled for choice in the attacking midfield department with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar also competing for places, there may be little room for Mata now with the further arrival of Willian.

Mata has not been guaranteed a place in the team by Mourinho and with the arrival of Willian, Mata may be tempted to leave Chelsea in order to get regular playing time, especially as this is a World Cup year.

The Spaniard may have to search for a new challenge away from Chelsea and the Special One.

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