Spanish paper attacks Mourinho over handling of Juan Mata

Spanish source AS hasn't taken kindly to the 'bit-part' role Juan Mata is experiencing at Chelsea.

Spanish newspaper and website AS has sympathised with Chelsea star Juan Mata, picking on Jose Mourinho as speculation over the Spaniard’s future at Stamford Bridge rolls on.

Mourinho has stated that while he doesn’t want Mata to leave the club, the door is open if the player wants to consider a move away and a club wants to come in with a big offer for the midfielder.

AS has spoken of the troubles that Mata has faced at Chelsea this season, criticising the way Mourinho has handled the playmaker as he’s competed with Oscar for a starting place at Stamford Bridge.

“The Spain international has endured a frustrating time since Mourinho’s summer return to Stamford Bridge, and has been the subject of interest from a host of clubs - Having been reduced to a bit-part role at the beginning of the season, Mata had gradually reclaimed a more significant first-team role at Chelsea. However, Mourinho has regularly opted to substitute the 25-year-old,” reads part of the report on AS.

For Chelsea fans, this is nothing new because there has been speculation over Mata’s future from the very first time it became evident that he was going to spend a large chunk of this season on the bench.

It’s also important to consider the context behind the report because AS is a pro-Real Madrid news source and a source which was critical of Mourinho during his time in charge of the Spanish giants.

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It’s encouraging to see Mata reacting the way he did when he was taken off yesterday because he’s clearly passionate and driven about the job he has in hand at the West London club.

It would be more disconcerting for Chelsea fans if Mata was showing a lethargic attitude or one of acceptance, which is associated with players at clubs where they don’t feel they have a future.

Expect to see plenty of speculation over the rest of the season but with Mata having never expressed a desire to walk away from Chelsea, it’s doubtful he will after being subbed off in one match.

As for Mourinho, there is no one better for Chelsea fans to trust and the fact the club has two world class midfielders in Mata and Oscar simply means there is going to be a lot of rotation for the rest of the season in that number ten role behind the main striker.

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