Premier League giants Chelsea and Manchester United have had indifferent seasons compared to their usual standards and both will be aiming to replenish their former glory days as early as next season.
Former Blues boss Jose Mourinho has been named as the new manager of Manchester United which has garnered mixed reactions from the Red Devils. Many fans have welcomed his appointment while legends such as Eric Cantona are sceptical of any significant success under the Portuguese, as per The Guardian.
Mourinho at the helm might be beneficial for several stars at The Theatre of Dreams but Juan Mata’s future has suddenly become an uncertainty following the imminent arrival of the former Chelsea manager.
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Chelsea are set for a massive squad overhaul this summer and they must pursue Mata right at the onset of the manager’s tenure.
The Spaniard had an antagonistic relationship with the 53-year-old coach while at Chelsea which resulted in him being ousted from the club just six months after Mourinho returned to Stamford Bridge.
SITUATION UNLIKELY TO CHANGE
Mata stamped his authority at west London in the presence of stalwarts like Eden Hazard, Fernando Torres and Didier Drogba prior to this and even after winning the Chelsea Player of the Year twice during his stay, Mourinho discarded him from the very start.
The Louis van Gaal philosophy is now history in Manchester and the methods of the Portuguese tactician rely more on counter-attacks, depending heavily on the defensive astuteness of the team.
The Spanish international’s inability to contribute to the defensive aspect proved to be the main reason for his exit and is set for a repetition of the same this time around as well.
Daily Mail reports he hopes to resolve their differences for him to remain at the club but it is a highly unlikely scenario to realise.
At 28, Mata is one of the best midfielders in the English top-flight and only David Silva has been able to match his brilliance on the pitch.
Scoring ten goals alongside assisting eight and a pass success rate of 88.9 % in all competitions this term, according to WhoScored.com, he is a potent entity in the Premier League which could provide dividends for Chelsea.
Rarely do we come across a player who remains a popular figure among the fans even after joining their rivals and Mata is one such name who is still admired by the Blues faithful.
Accustomed with the techniques of the club, the 28-year-old will settle to life with ease in the capital.
LINK UP WITH TEAMMATES
Cesc Fabregas has played the designated number ten role for the former champions and by moving to Stamford Bridge, Mata can form the link that has been hugely successful while on national team duties with Spain.
With Mata for company, Fabregas can provide the impetus needed to overturn the fortunes at Chelsea which can also result in the resurrection of beleaguered stars like Diego Costa and Eden Hazard.
Moreover, he would not command a high fee that took him to Old Trafford back in 2014, resulting in a value for money buy for Antonio Conte.
Mata has reiterated on a number of occasions that his Chelsea spell will always be special to him and it is evident from the reception he receives although being on the opposition half, every time he visits the Londoners.
A world-class professional, despite being sidelined for the upcoming Euro 2016 tournament, is ranked highly among his peers and could serve as a pivotal signing in the long run for the club.
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