Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has left the door open for midfielder Juan Mata to leave the club in January, despite him saying that he wants the Spaniard to stay.
The Blues boss gave Mata a rare start on New Years Day as his side eased past Southampton, but the Portuguese withdrew Mata after just 50-minutes, something that didn’t go down too well with the midfielder.
After making his way to the bench, Mata was visibly annoyed and frustrated about being substituted, and after the game when questioned about Mata, Mourinho said the door is always open for any player around the club.
‘I don’t want him to go, that is my opinion and that is my wish – but my door is open,’ he said.
‘The club door is open too, so when a player wants to speak with us we are there waiting for them. But if you ask me do I want to sell him, I don’t want to.
‘I didn’t see the reaction, his frustration was because of the result – we have to win.
‘If we don’t win this game then the difference to the leaders is bigger.
‘At the end of the game everyone including him was celebrating the victory.’
Written by Alex Batt – @AlexBatt – @AlexsArticles