Both players have been linked consistently with moves away from their respective sides this summer but in each case the stance from the club is they’re not for sale and the players have shown no desire to leave.
However, it’s not beyond the realms of possibility that someone somewhere at Stamford Bridge or the Bernabeau is harbouring the idea of a possible swap deal which is more than likely never going to see the light of day.
If it happened, hypothetically, then each side would effectively be trading a similar player for another cut from the same cloth.
Ozil has managed to develop a very strong reputation for himself as one of the best German midfielders in recent memory.
He’s fitted in well at Real Madrid and hasn’t given them much reason to move him on or exclude him from too many big games, suggesting that he could easily play at that level for the Spanish giants for the rest of his career.
He would enjoy undoubted squad status were he to join Chelsea despite the fact the Blues have so many talented midfielders across their squad.
Jose Mourinho would more than likely build the side around him controlling the midfield rather than him fitting in alongside the likes of Eden Hazard, Kevin de Bruyne and Oscar.
Juan Mata going to Real Madrid would more than likely be a move that he would thrive on.
Mata is currently one of the best technical midfielders in the Premier League and has everything in terms of his game; he’s good on the ball, he passes well, he can spot space and read the game before it’s even happened and he scores goals.
His size would also allow him to dominate possession in a Real Madrid shirt where contact is less frequent and more heavily punished by Spanish referees than it is in Premier League football.
The difference between Ozil at Chelsea and Mata at Real Madrid would probably all come down to the pressure.
Real Madrid have always been very aggressive with their players in the respect that one or two bad performances can see a player confined to the bench for a good chunk of the season before getting another chance.
Mourinho effectively controls every inch of Chelsea whereas Real Madrid control everyone at that club.
So in terms of which club is getting a better deal, both teams would be getting world class players but the context and pressure would probably be a bit more intense in the Spanish capital rather than in West London.
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