Stan Collymore upset at Juan Mata to Sevilla rumours

Juan Mata

Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata has been linked with Sevilla this week.

Earlier this week La Liga high flyers Sevilla were linked with a shock move for Manchester United playmaker Juan Mata.

The Spanish international only signed for United in January for a fee £37.1 million after becoming surplus to requirements at Chelsea.

Nobody can doubt he is not an excellent and talented player. But it has been proven recently that many a manager is struggling to find a way to fit his style of play into a suitable team.

Jose Mourinho struggled and now Louis van Gaal is not sure how to best use him at Manchester United - despite his talent.

One man who could not believe the rumours linking the United man with Sevilla was former footballer turned pundit Stan Collymore. He believes the struggles of Mata signals an alarming downfall of luxury players in the ilk of Dimitar Berbatov, Matt Le Tissier and Zinedine Zidane.

He wrote in his Bleacher Report column:

"Juan Mata has cost Chelsea and Manchester United a combined £50 million-plus in transfer fees. He was player of the year twice at Chelsea, yet the doubts loom large.

"Jose Mourinho didn't fancy him at Chelsea, while Louis van Gaal isn't convinced he's a long-term solution either - hence rumours of a possible move to Sevilla in January or the summer, as per the Mirror.

"Mata's case speaks of the death of the luxury player. It's not just about showing skills going forward anymore. Unless you have energy going back and the ability to defend, you're going to get jettisoned very quickly.

"To think Mata could end up at Sevilla."

It is unlikely that Mata will go to Sevilla. They won't have the money to buy him, despite recent big sales, and Sevilla is not a destination likely to appeal to the Spanish playmaker.

But that he is even being linked with the move just shows how difficult fitting Mata into any team is becoming.

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