Whilst a return to his native Spain may look appealing to the 25-year-old for a number of reasons, there is a very very good reason why would be foolish to leave Stamford Bridge – especially now.
In favour of a move to Catalonia there is, of course, his relationship with a number of Barcelona players though the Spanish national team, playing with the best player in the world in Lionel Messi in a league that would perhaps suit his qualities better than the Premier League but in the column labeled ‘reasons to stay at Chelsea’, there need only be one thing – Jose Mourinho.
Chelsea have endured a period of instability since Mata arrived in 2011 – he was signed for £23.5 million from Valencia by Andre Villas-Boas who had taken over the reigns at Stamford Bridge from Carlo Ancelotti but was sacked just months later, replaced by his assistant, Blues legend Roberto Di Matteo.
Under the Italian coach, Chelsea won the Champions League and the FA Cup but Di Matteo was sacked early on last term and replaced by the unpopular Rafael Benitez.
Chelsea finished 3rd in the Premier League and won the Europa League title under Benitez but their substandard performance in the Champions League, the FA Cup, the Capital One Cup and the Club World Cup in Japan made for a frustrating season overall.
Now, finally Chelsea have a manager they want – the ‘special one’ is undoubtedly the best manager in the world, since Sir Alex Ferguson has now retired, and he is the man the fans, the players and the world wants to see in charge of Chelsea Football Club.
Of all the times to leave Stamford Bridge, Juan Mata would have to be insane to leave now – now that the club finally has a top manager that knows what it takes to win trophies, now that they have someone who will likely be there for the long-term rather than a string of substitute teachers in charge, now that Ferguson’s gone from United, now that City have hired Manuel Pellegrini.
With all the changes in the Premier League’s top clubs and the prospect of working with one of the greatest minds in the sport in Mourinho, now that Chelsea really have the best opportunity to be the world-beaters they’re capable of being, why would their best player by a country mile leave now?
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