What now for Juan Mata?

The Chelsea playmaker has a big decision over his future to make with the World Cup six months away.

Jose Mourinho continued reluctance to give Juan Mata the amount of regular football that the playmaker craves is baffling to many, and will seemingly be addressed over the next month.

With the January transfer window open and the Portuguese coach admitting that his door is option if any Chelsea player wants to make a move, Mata has a decision to make.

The ex-Valencia attacking midfielder has had to make do with a switch from one of the west London club’s main players over the last two years to become a bit-part figure.

Mata’s frustration has been evident in recent weeks though, and as such, despite not wanting to leave Chelsea he may well have to for the good of his career.

The Spaniard will not be short of suitors both in England and on the continent, but a move back to his homeland or somewhere else out with the Premier League.

If playing regularly and showing the form that he is clearly capable of, Mata would have a fantastic chance of representing the world champions in June and July in South America.

As things stand however, Mata is unlikely to make Vicente del Bosque’s contingent due to the sheer amount of top-notch players vying for a place in the squad.

If he does leave Stamford Bridge in the next couple of weeks, Chelsea fans will surely be sorry to see him go, but could not begrudge the player’s wishes to play regularly.

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