Manchester United boss Jose Mourinho has confirmed that Juan Mata’s departure from Chelsea was due to the player’s wishes, not his own.
Jose Mourinho, who was in charge of Chelsea during the 2013/14 season, was widely blamed for the departure of Juan Mata from the London Club.
However, the Special One recently revealed that Mata’s departure from Chelsea in 2014 was entirely the player’s decision, and that he doesn’t deal with selling and buying.
Juan Mata played for Chelsea from 2011 to 2014, after which he transferred to Manchester United in a £37.1 million deal.
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Many fans and pundits pinpointed Jose Mourinho to be the reason behind Mata’s departure, but Mourinho has confirmed that even though Mata didn’t cohesively fit into Chelsea’s squad, he didn’t ask the player to leave.
“First of all, I didn’t sell him,” said Jose. “My job is not to buy and sell. My job is to coach, to work on the pitch and to advise my board about the transfer policy.
“Secondly, it was Juan that asked to leave and when a player asks to leave I think always you have to think twice.
“And the third point is that my idea for football with the squad and objectives we had at Chelsea is one thing, and the squad I have at Man United and the profile and what I try to do with this club is a completely different situation.
“So Juan at Chelsea in my project was one player, and Juan in my project at Man United is another thing.”
Juan Mata has so far made 111 appearances for Manchester United, and looks to be in good form this season under Jose Mourinho.
The Spaniard managed to score a goal and provide an assist during Manchester United’s match against Leicester City last weekend, and looks set to make Mourinho’s starting eleven tomorrow, when Manchester United face Zorya Luhansk.