When Jose Mourinho returned to Chelsea there were rumours about Juan Mata leaving the London club, but since Mourinho’s summer additions to Chelsea these rumours have intensified and some people even think he could leave before September 2.
The Blues already had Frank Lampard, Ramires, Eden Hazard, Oscar and Victor Moses in the side, but this season they have added two more attacking midfielders in Willian and Andre Schurrle, as well as Kevin De Bruyne returning from a loan spell at Werder Bremen.
Jose Mourinho paid a reported £25million for Willian and £21million for Andre Schurrle; it is very hard to think that he would of paid this much money just to sit on the bench.
Eden Hazard is seen as one of the best players in the Premier League at the moment, Oscar had a great Confederations Cup with Brazil and Kevin De Bruyne is a young, hungry player who will be determined to break into the side. Ramires can play anywhere in midfield meaning he is more versatile than Juan Mata and Frank Lampard is coming towards the end of his career.
This all leaves one final player, Mata, who didn’t impress with Spain at the Confederations Cup and isn’t as versatile as Ramires.
This means that the Spaniard is competing with two new signings, one of the world’s best players and a bright young talent with bags of potential.
A lot of clubs have reacted to Mata’s situation, with Tottenham, Arsenal and Liverpool all rumoured to be interest in a deal, but it is not believed that Liverpool no longer see him as a primary target.
This leaves two of Chelsea’s rivals at the top of the league, Tottenham and Arsenal, and I can’t see Mourinho selling him to a rival team. But does this mean that Mata will be sitting on the bench all season for Chelsea?
This very much depends on the form of the other midfielders at Chelsea but with the competition in front of him at Stamford Bridge I think that for the best of his own career he should look for a move away before he goes past his peak and his career starts going downhill.
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