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Spanish press claim Mourinho will dictate Mata's La Liga destination

Out-of-favour Chelsea star Juan Mata could return to Spain – but only to join Atletico Madrid.

Does Jose Mourinho hold a grudge over Real Madrid and Barcelona? Or is he thinking about future Champions League prospects?

Either way, Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is back up to his controversial tricks by reportedly allowing Juan Mata a return to Spain, but only to Madrid’s other giants – Atletico Madrid.

According to Spanish website el Gol digital, Juan Mata has decided that he wants to leave.

News has come out that Mata’s representative flew to London yesterday to discuss the future of the Spanish midfielder and to comment on possible talks held with La Liga icons Barcelona and Real Madrid.

As a result of Mourinho’s past incidents involving both clubs, the Portuguese boss has apparently communicated with Mata to demonstrate that he accepts his decision to leave, but his destination has to be Diego Simeone’s Atletico Madrid

Juan Mata hasn’t featured all too regularly for the Blues this campaign, starting just 11 Premier league matches and just one start in the Champions league.

Despite controlling the tempo and being comfortable in possession – averaging a pass success rate of 88% per game, the creative midfielder seems to have struggled with the demands of Mourinho’s tactical discipline and Mata has found himself becoming a second choice to this season’s big signing Willian.

With that in mind, Mata has looked off the boil at times and a January exit almost seemed inevitable given his reaction at being substituted during Chelsea’s 3-0 victory over Southampton at St Mary’s stadium.

The question now remains whether Mata would join the Rojiblancos and help them in their title fight with Barca and Real Madrid – or would he prefer the easier option and join French giants PSG. This transfer saga has not yet finished and will be sure to continue over the next couple of weeks.

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