Juan Mata to leave on loan to secure his place in Spain’s World Cup squad…
Chelsea’s Spanish playmaker Juan Mata could leave on loan in January, with Atletico Madrid and Juventus among a host of interested clubs, reports the Mirror.
The 25-year-old has fallen out of favour under Jose Mourinho, and regularly sits on the bench behind Brazilian playmaker Oscar, who is the Portuguese boss’s first-choice no.10.
So far this season, Mata has only made five Premier League starts, despite the fact that he’s won Chelsea’s Player of the Year award for the past two seasons.
In order to secure his place in Spain’s World Cup squad next summer, the midfielder unsurprisingly wants to leave on loan in January, after accepting it’s going to be very difficult for him to force his way into Mourinho’s first-team plans.
Of course, many of Europe’s elite clubs are interested in the playmaker’s services. Either Juventus or Atletico Madrid are expected to make an aggressive bid in January, as it is extremely unlikely Chelsea would consider lending Mata to a fellow Premier League club. Liverpool, Arsenal and Manchester United were reportedly interested during the summer, but with the title race very much on, it would be very foolish the Blues to strengthen one of their rivals.