With rumours circulating of a possible move to Paris Saint Germain, the Chelsea playmaker could be on his way out.
But is that the reason why the Spaniard is back in manager Jose Mourinho’s starting line-up?
It sounds bizarre. Even more so when you consider the fact that he’s won the club’s player of the year award for the past two seasons. Even more so when you consider the fact that he was dropped by Mourinho only three weeks ago after the 2-1 defeat to Basel in the Champions League.
After his return to the side against Swindon in the Capital One Cup and his magnificent 45 minutes in the 1-1 draw with Tottenham at White Hart Lane, he is firmly back in the fold at Stamford Bridge and started once again alongside Oscar and Andre Schurrle on Sunday in the 3-1 victory at Norwich.
But with Mourinho having so many high quality attacking midfielders at his disposal (Willian and Eden Hazard scoring from off the bench to win the game at Carrow Road) and the early fractions between the pair, does this mean that he will have no qualms in letting him go if the money is right? And by having Mata perform at the fantastic level he currently is until the transfer window, can it enable him to get the maximum fee possible? PSG may need to offer more than the £35 million currently being reported.
Of course it could just be a case of the manager being genuine when he said that he was happy with the way Mata had won his place back in the starting 11. He had previously asked him to offer more in a defensive role than he had before. And with Mata stating that he will “do what he has to do” and give in to the demands of his boss, this could be the start of a long and fruitful partnership.
There’s an obvious love for the number 10 from the Chelsea fans, and the man in charge is starting to show signs of also warming to him. But with Mourinho, you just don’t know what to expect and if the price is right, the Parc des Princes could see another big name and big money arrival in the winter.
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