Juan Mata and Michael Essien set to leave Chelsea
He might have been Chelsea’s player of the season for the past two years, although Juan Mata might have played his final match for the Blues.
January 2nd, 2014
While Andre Villas-Boas and Rafael Benitez were happy to build a team around the Spaniard, Jose Mourinho prefers Oscar and Eden Hazard in the playmaker role, while Willian appears to have also jumped ahead of Mata in the pecking order.
The midfielder did start Wednesday’s match at Southampton before being withdrawn in the 53rd minute, a decision which prompted a furious reaction from Mata who appeared to gesture angrily in the direction of Mourinho.
Chelsea went on to win the game 3-0 thanks to goals from Fernando Torres, Willian and Oscar, with Mourinho admitting that the door was open to offers for Mata, while the same applies to Michael Essien who has been unable to force his way into the first team this term.
“I want to keep him. I don’t want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open,” the Chelsea manager said.
“The club’s door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them.
“If you are asking do you want the club to sell him? I don’t want to.”
Meanwhile, Essien’s future is also unclear after his agent bemoaned the lack of playing time at Chelsea this season, with Mourinho admitting that he can’t guarantee that the Ghanaian will get lots of game time between now and the World Cup.
“I offer nobody – not Michael, not nobody (guaranteed playing time),” the Portuguese said.
“I understand that players think about national team, the World Cup and playing regularly, but my players have to think of the team before the players. Michael knows that perfectly.”