What's the Mata at Chelsea?

Juan Mata

He is one of Chelsea's best players yet the Blues don't seem to want to play him and even considered a late night bid from PSG

The tale of Juan Mata is a strange one, part of the World Cup winning squad with Spain in 2010 as well as European Champion in 2012, both of these intersected by an Under-21 European Championship, for a man of 25 that’s quite a roll of honour, throw in a Champions League and UEFA Cup winners medal and it’s clear to see why he is so highly regarded by all in world football, except perhaps Chelsea.

In bizarre circumstances Mata was the subject of a £30m offer from PSG last night and it was believed that all the paperwork was in place for this to go ahead, before Chelsea supposedly pulled out of the deal at the last minute.

The big questions however are why would Chelsea make the player available and why would they entertain offers for a player who is so often considered the ‘Heartbeat’ of the club?

It is also important to question why would the Blues sell him and what has he done to not be a feature in the current Chelsea team, and the same one which honoured him with the ‘Player of the Year’ award in both of his first two seasons at the club?

Since Chelsea bought the player from Valencia two seasons ago for a sum of £23.5m, he has been nothing short of brilliant, creating 57 goals and scoring a further 32 in his 119 appearances for the club, statistics that prove his value has risen, and in the current market it should have rocketed, yet £30m was the price.

I’m not sure why Jose Mourinho would let him go, maybe he doesn’t play his style of football or maybe there were other targets that didn’t materialise, who knows?

One thing that is for sure, is that if Chelsea rate him as their best player in seasons where they win multiple European honours, does that mean £30m is the most they can command for any of their players?

What do Chelsea fans think, should Mata be in the first 11?

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