Tottenham boss shocked by Mata snub

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Tottenham boss Andre Villas-Boas says he is surprised that Jose Mourinho doesn't consider Juan Mata a regular starter at Chelsea.

Mata, voted Chelsea's best player for the past two seasons, has failed to feature regularly for Chelsea since Mourinho returned for his second spell at Stamford Bridge over the summer.

The Spanish playmaker has been linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge while Mourinho has publicly stated that Oscar is his preferred number 10 and in order to start for Chelsea he must up his game.

Villas-Boas, who will go head to head with his former mentor for the first time on Saturday when Chelsea visit White Hart Lane, is surprised that Mourinho hasn't used Mata more this season.

"It's not my decision to pick or not pick Mata, it was before," he told reporters.

"He was always involved in my starting XI, I have always enjoyed a great personal and professional relationship with Juan Mata but it's not my decision anymore.

"I suppose the time that he's not being given now, with the talent that he has he will overcome it and jump back into the team because he is that player, that special."

Tottenham were linked with a move for Mata in the transfer window, while recent reports suggest they could swoop for the Chelsea playmaker in the winter window.

However Villas-Boas was quick to laugh off suggestions of a reunion with the 25-year-old.

Asked if he would like to sign Mata, he said: "No, I don't think so."

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