Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata is attracting serious attention from across Europe at the moment and it seems his former manager Rafa Benitez wants to bring him to Napoli.

Having failed to secure a regular first team place under Jose Mourinho at Stamford Bridge Mata needs regular game-time to keep his World Cup dreams alive.

Mata, who had a superb season for the Blues last term, has found himself sitting on the bench all too often so far this term.  

At the beginning of the season, it seemed Mata would become part of Mourinho's plans as he made it quite clear he had no intentions of selling one of the fan favourites early in his second spell.

But when given his chance, Mata has looked a shadow of his former self, struggling to impact games in the manner that he did so successfully last season for Chelsea. It seems that Mourinho may now be ready to let the creative midfield maestro ply his trade elsewhere.

After taking him off against Southampton earlier this week Mourinho insisted again he did not want him to leave, but that the door was open if he did want to make a formal transfer request.

And these words have seen Napoli join the host of clubs already rumoured to be interested in his services, according to the Mirror.

Premier League rivals Manchester United and Liverpool have been linked with moves, but surely there will be very little chance the Londoners will allow Mata to join either, or any other title rival.

Napoli, fellow Italians Juventus and Inter and mega money French outfit PSG are all rumoured to be interested in Chelsea's former player of the year for two seasons on the bounce.

Having spent heavily in the summer Napoli are looking to strengthen again this month, following their unfortunate Champions League exit in the group stages.

Napoli boss Rafael Benitez will be hoping he could persuade Mata to join him in Naples should they table an offer.

But with their seemingly unrestricted resources, PSG could well elbow their way to the top of the pile fighting for his signature.  And with such a project that has gained great pace recently, the revamp that has occurred at PSG could well interest Mata. 

At 25 years old, Mata is in a prime stage of his career.  His past performances for Chelsea have made him a stand out name all over the globe.  

But with his frustrations growing under Mourinho, should a chance develop for Mata to gain first team football elsewhere, there can be little doubt he should take it to save his World Cup dreams.

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