All the latest news from SW6 including Martin Keown opining that Chelsea manager has fallen out of love with his players. Transfer targets also discussed.
Originally, it was believed the Spaniard was surplus to requirements at Chelsea. The fact that he neglected certain parts of the defensive game meant that he was expendable, rather than indispensable and so Jose Mourinho sanctioned a big money deal with Manchester United.
The loss of Mata hardly impacted Chelsea, particularly when they could still call upon Eden Hazard, Oscar, Willian and Andre Schurrle.
However, speculation linking two of the club's best creative and attacking players will no doubt continue as an Arsenal legend and former defensive great Martin Keown believes that Mourinho has "fallen out of love" with his players. It has previously been suggested that Hazard and Oscar may be two of them.
"Chelsea have over-done the defensive side of the game," said ex centre back Keown in his weekly Daily Maily column.
"It has worked away from home but not at Stamford Bridge. They have not got the balance right and I think Mourinho had the players to win the league.
"He is falling out of love with his players and he never did that in his first spell. The future of Chelsea is with the likes of Eden Hazard and Oscar and Mourinho has to get the best out of them."
One player Mourinho may be chuffed with is midfield destroyer Nemanja Matic, a player fully capable of being a don when it comes to defensive duty as he is exceptional when it comes to being a prolific tackler, interceptor of the ball or clearing.
Belgium striker Romelu Lukaku is often cited as a player Mourinho may sell, despite his obvious candidacy as a viable goal-scoring solution. Having spent the year at Everton, Lukaku has alerted Tottenham Hotspur to his availability and his representative has spoken out over his client's future.
Agent Christophe Henrotay said, as per Footmercato.net: "For the moment, Romelu belongs to Chelsea. He has two years left on his contract. It's going to depend on Chelsea. After that, we'll see together what the best options are if Chelsea decide to let him go.
"That they want to bring in a big-name striker has been well documented. But Chelsea need lots of great strikers. And if there are too many, they'll choose to allow Romelu to leave but if they think there aren't enough forwards, perhaps Romelu will say, 'I'm interested in prolonging the adventure' but it's still too soon."
Mourinho may have had designs on signing Edinson Cavani, but even with Paris Saint Germain's roster and wage ambiguity due to their financial fair play contraventions, the Uruguayan will remain at Parc des Princes.
Or, at least, so says PSG don Nasser al-Khelaifi, who said to Canal+: "Cavani will stay here - he has a contract with us."
And finally, while Mourinho may not be too keen on one Belgium player, the Daily Mail imply he will beg another to stay, as Thibaut Courtois is at a crossroads point in his career.