Rafa Benitez: Chelsea sold their best player

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Rafa Benitez has questioned one of Jose Mourinho's key transfer policies.

Despite opening with the phrase "I am not here to talk about Chelsea," Benitez still ended up producing a sly dig at his former adversary. It seems the Spaniard just can't resist.

The player in question is, of course, Juan Mata - a fan favourite at Stamford Bridge for two seasons and a personal favourite of Benitez's during his stint as Blues boss, too.

Mata could not find such favour under Mourinho, however, and consequently found himself on a plane to Manchester before making a £37.1 million move to Old Trafford in January.

Predictably, 53-year-old Benitez, now Napoli boss, was less than impressed with the decision.

"I am not here to talk about Chelsea," he told reporters. "But Juan was their best player in the last two years. That is it. You can see that but I am not here to analyse what they did."

The Blues seem to have coped well without Mata since his departure, though they have come unstuck in their last two games, dropping points in the Premier League at West Brom and losing 2-0 at Manchester City in the FA Cup.

The Spaniard himself, meanwhile, has already made three assists in four games at Manchester United, although only one of those has come in a game United ended up winning.

As for Benitez, his Napoli side face Swansea City in the Europa League on Thursday night. But expect the Chelsea comments to keep on coming from the 53-year-old. Especially while Mourinho is in charge at Stamford Bridge.

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