Ex-Chelsea boss surprised by Mata treatment

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Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant doesn't understand why Jose Mourinho continues to overlook Juan Mata at Stamford Bridge.

The Spanish international has struggled for a place in Mourinho's side so far in this campaign, with Mourinho admitting that he favours Brazilian youngster Oscar in the No.10 role. 

And, after Mata won Chelsea's Player of the Year in the past two seasons, Grant has admitted that it's a strange move snubbing the Spaniard. 

The former Blues boss told reporters: "I personally don’t understand [why he left Mata out]," 

"But in this position Chelsea have so many players, so if Oscar, Eden Hazard, or Willian are out, people will ask why they are out of the squad or team.

"A manager needs to take a decision and in this case it’s a tough decision. Jose will know how to manage them well."

However, Grant still believes Mata has a future at Stamford Bridge as his quality cannot be overlooked. 

He continued by saying: "I think yes. He’s a great player, he’s won games, gave assists and scored goals."

Mata could play some part in the Blues' League Cup game with Swindon Town tomorrow evening as he looks to force his way back into Mourinho's plans after once again being left out of the squad against Fulham last weekend.

Grant also discussed Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich, and insisted that the Russian doesn't interfere with transfer dealings and team selection.

Grant finished by saying: "He didn’t do it [with me] and I don’t think he did it with any manager. This is a story that isn’t true.

"At the end of the day the manager made the decisions and he never said do this or that.

"I’ve known him a long time and he never took a decision against me. If a manager said “I don’t want this player”, he will not buy him."

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