Chelsea should attempt to re-sign Juan Mata

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JM1It’s now nearly two years since Juan Mata departed Chelsea and for some Blues supporters the frustration still lingers. Despite being named the club’s ‘Player of the Season’ in his first two campaigns at Stamford Bridge, the Spaniard was sold halfway through his third.

Now an established player at Manchester United, it seems highly unlikely that Mata would consider a return to west London. However, the Blues should certainly consider attempting to re-sign the midfielder, especially amidst rumours linking Jose Mourinho with the Red Devils.

Whilst it might prove improbable, the proposition proves equally logical.

There can be little doubting that Mata is one of the most talented midfielders in the Premier League and despite his elegant style of play, he has still thrived amidst the league’s physicality.

Many Chelsea fans were angry when he left in January 2014, not only because of his raw ability but the role he played in the club’s charge towards Champions League victory in 2012. Even in the disappointment of 2012-13, Mata was the shining light.

For some the regret still festers. Moreover, this season has seen these frustrations re-surface with Chelsea’s stalling creative engine being at the heart of their struggles. Above all, Chelsea should try and re-sign Mata in order to revive their ravaged midfield. It would not only prove a statement of intent but offer insurance that the Blues will be back firing on all cylinders in 2016-17.

The issue of the ‘Special One’ could prove equally crucial in whether this seemingly improbable move could occur. Subsequently, the Portuguese’s next destination could dictate whether Mata remains at Old Trafford or move elsewhere.

Mata’s form at Chelsea never truly declined to a point where selling him appeared necessary. The reasoning for his departure seemed more heavily linked to his relationship with Mourinho as opposed to his performances on the pitch. His manager visibly agitated the Spaniard in his twilight months at Stamford Bridge and these exchanges opened the door for a move. Now that Mourinho has departed Chelsea, the door is open for a return to west London and a club the 27-year-old took so close to heart in such little time.

However, the most damning motive proves the fact that Mourinho is now heavily linked to the Manchester United job with talks reportedly taking place. Given the pair’s relationship, if the Red Devils decided to secure the ex-Real Madrid manager, they may be kissing goodbye to Mata as a consequence.

So, with Mourinho’s absence at Chelsea proving the carrot and the ‘Special One’s’ supposed journey towards the Old Trafford hot seat proving the stick, there may just be a chance that Mata might return to Chelsea. However, even if the move seems impossible, there would be no harm in Chelsea trying to secure a move that would see such a vastly talented player return to their squad roster.


Kobe Tong

YJA Senior Correspondent