Let me start by saying that if Juan Mata’s £37 million transfer to Manchester United does come to fruition I will be gutted. There are many reasons why I would loathe seeing the Spaniard depart SW6 for pastures afar, and I will get to them. Before I get into that, I’d like to discuss the destination of the proposed transfer.
To see Mata leave Stamford Bridge would break my poor blue heart, but to see him leave for title rivals United is beyond comprehension. I just don’t see the logic in it. Whether or not they remain title hopefuls this season is trivial, as they will surely restock for next year’s competition.
Yes, Chelsea have already twice battled United this season, meaning we would be spared lining up against the diminutive Spaniard for at least a few more months, but this is a very short sighted approach.
Imagine the scene, a cold December day in south west London, the two teams come pouring out of the locker rooms onto the cold hard pitch, and there is Chelsea’s two time player of the year, Champions League medal holder and all around great guy; Juan Mata, donned in the sickening red of Manchester United. The mere thought of it brings about heaves.
Not that no player has ever made the switch before. A certain Mark Hughes comes to mind, though he went from red to blue in an era when Chelsea were far from rivals to United’s hegemony.
While Chelsea no doubt bolster one of the greatest line-ups of attacking talent in the EPL, losing Mata would leave the squad one long term injury away from a crisis, particularly following the sale of Kevin de Bruyne to Wolfsburg earlier in this transfer window.
Selling Mata would leave only Andre Schürrle in reserve for the attacking triumvirate. Not that he isn’t capable, but let’s be honest, he is not Mata, at least not yet. I just don’t see having only one man in reserve for three spots makes any sense to a club challenging for silverware on three fronts.
Perhaps Mourinho has a replacement in mind, but for Chelsea supporters, Mata is irreplaceable. In addition to his on the pitch talents, from an outsiders perspective, Mata is a purely class individual. The level of eloquence to which he has held himself during this difficult spell has been truly admirable, none can deny it.
In writing for GMS in the past I have always tried to be non-biased, to see the sport for what it is, to cloak my love for Chelsea Football Club, but in continuing to read further and further into how close this deal may be coming to reality, I had to break.
I am sure any Chelsea supporter reading this will agree. It will be a sad, sad day for all of us if and when Juan Mata does leave the club. I think I can speak for most supporters when we say that we wish him well wherever he may go, just not when he’s lined up against the Blues.
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