It has been a long debate whether Juan Mata is staying with Chelsea or leaving, but Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho said several times that Mata is in his long-term plans, as reported in The Independent.
After the end of last season Mata was one of the most talked about name in the summer transfer market despite Mourinho insisting he was staying.
Mata signed for Chelsea in August 11 and since he has been the engine of Chelsea midfield.
The whole season was in complete turmoil and Chelsea finished sixth in the Premier League. But Chelsea won the Champions League trophy defeating Bayern Munich on an epic final proving all the equations and statistics wrong.
Chelsea got the chance of playing Champions League in the following year by winning it.
Mata's contribution in 2011/12 season was 12 goals and 20 assists. That means one-third of Chelsea's goals came through the direct or indirect contribution of Mata. Chelsea won the FA Cup and Champions league in 2011/12 season.
In the 2012/13 season, he was even more influential. Mata scored 20 goals with 35 assists which is about 37% of the total goals scored by Chelsea. Chelsea finished third and won Europa League defeating Benfica.
The consequence is Mata was Player of the Year in his consecutive seasons with Chelsea. He was also named Chelsea Players' Player of the Year trophy in 2012/13 season. Now it is hard to believe such a massive club like Chelsea would let their best player leave like that.
Mourinho said several times that Mata is in his long term plans he is happy that he has player like Mata at his disposal.
He said: "He's in the same plans as all the others. He's a player I like very much, that's why he's here. He is a player I trust a lot and will fight for position like everybody else."
Five Chelsea players from Spain and Brazil missed Asia tour of Chelsea in pre-season due to Confederations Cup participation. Mourinho want to give them proper rest and in order to get 100 per cent from them.
Only Oscar was playing regularly after coming from Confederations Cup because of his super fitness ability.
Mata is rumoured to leave in January transfer window and may force through his departure. The only reason is he cannot track back while the opposition is in attack, which doesn't suit Mourinho's style. Mourinho is best at man management and he knows what he is doing.
It is ridiculously unbelievable that a player like Juan Mata, who has proved himself in two consecutive seasons with Chelsea and coped well with the Premier League will leave a club like Chelsea. And it is more unrealistic that Chelsea will let their best midfielder for two back-to-back seasons leave without a fight.
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