Mourinho - 'Wenger complaining is normal' and hails Mata as 'fantastic' for Chelsea

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Jose Mourinho addressed the media ahead of his side's FA Cup fourth round tie against Stoke City but the topic was more focused on transfers at Stamford Bridge.

Jose Mourinho has hit back at Arsene Wenger for his comments over selling Juan Mata, where the Arsenal boss implied selling the Spaniard to Manchester United is an elaborate plan to help Chelsea’s title challenge.

The Chelsea boss said that Juan Mata has been ‘fantastic’ for Chelsea as the Blues boss said a deal with Manchester United for the player should be concluded sooner rather than later.

Speaking at his pre-match press conference ahead of Chelsea’s FA Cup fourth round tie against Stoke City, Mourinho said: ‘Wenger complaining is normal because he always does.

‘When a player plays for a club on the 20th August and two weeks later on 5th September plays against the same club with a different shirt this is normal because this is the market. We don’t do the market we don’t do the rules.

‘If Arsene Wenger sold Mesut Ozil to Manchester United I would be happy because they are losing a very important player, like we are with Juan, but this is his nature.

‘What is not fair is that his team always gets the best days to play. Always. This weekend you want to play early to recover. Who plays Friday? Who plays Sunday?’

Mourinho said the offer that came in for Mata was both respectful for both the club and the player, and said everyone hopes he does well at Old Trafford.

‘I asked him when the offer come, are you really happy to go? And he said yes. So after that we could feel mixed emotions because people here we are all happy that he goes to a fantastic situation but at the same time we are upset but with him I think it’s the same.

‘One day, if he comes back to Chelsea in a Manchester United shirt then the stadium will show him how much they respect him and want him.’

The Chelsea boss said that the door is open for Michael Essien to leave the club if he wishes to, and stated that he will not be looking to bring in a striker in this transfer window.

Mourinho has said that Mohamed Salah has told him personally that he would like to join the club from Basel after it was announced last night that Chelsea had agreed a fee with the Swiss club for the Egyptian international, who also courted interest from Liverpool.

‘We decided to go for Salah and started from zero. We knew nothing.

‘The first step was an agreement with the club, as we made official we reached agreement with Basel. That is done, subject to the medical and subject to the player's desire to join us or not.’

‘Now we know he wants and now he is very happy to come but we have to finalise. We have to travel to do his medical in Switzerland.’

Ahead of Sunday’s game with Stoke City, Fernando Torres is the only injury worry and could face approximately three weeks on the sideline with a knee problem, which the Chelsea boss said was a ligament injury.

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