Juan Mata for sale?
By Nick Webster
Chelsea fans are holding their breath. Spanish playmaker Juan Mata could be in the Stamford Bridge shop window and unless Jose Mourinho makes eyes at the Blues best player from last season, expect the vultures to start circling. The Blues faithful would react with disgust though as Mata has quickly become a fan favourite.
Media reports circling the UK have indicated that the Spanish powerhouse duo of Barcelona and Real Madrid have been eyeing the playmaker however in other circles it has been whispered that Mata could be used as bait in Chelsea's attempt to woo Wayne Rooney away from Manchester United.
Mata was outstanding for the West Londoners last season scoring 19 goals alongside a jaw dropping 35 assists as Chelsea won the Europa League for the first time in their history. In a season that resembled a roller coaster, Mata shone with his consistency as all around him had dips in form as Chelsea slogged through a marathon schedule.
Chelsea have released a statement indicating that no players have been offered to United in their attempt to get the signature of Rooney who seems destined to leave the Premiership champions.
David Chidgey of the Chelsea Supporters Trust told OMNISPORT the following...
"I think most Chelsea supporters would be absolutely appalled at Juan Mata being offered up for a part exchange deal or looking to get him out the club."
"He's clearly been the best player in our team in the last two seasons and he provided the most assists in the Premier League last season.
"I think he's quite a leader in the team even though he's quite small in stature, but he leads on the pitch by example. He's bright and articulate too and he clearly loves playing for the club.
"In all honesty I cannot believe that the club would want to get rid of him.
"As for David Luiz, I know there's a few Chelsea supporters who are not enamoured with his ability to drop the odd clanger.
"But I think most do like David Luiz and I think the club love him too. There's talk of him being a future captain at the club so I can't understand why these rumours about Mata and Luiz come from because it doesn't make any sense whatsoever."
Jose Mourinho though is a shrewd judge of talent and his teams tend to favor more power than skill however it would still be a shock if he let Mata go.