Chelsea winger considering future after recent Spain snub.
Unsettled Chelsea midfield player Juan Mata still wants to quit Stamford Bridge when the transfer window reopens at the turn of the year, according to reports in the Mail on Sunday.
The highly-rated Spain international, who was voted the Blues’ Player of the Year at the end of the previous campaign, has controversially only been used as a bit-part player in west London so far this season by returning Chelsea head coach Jose Mourinho.
The word coming out of the capital was that the self-styled ‘Special One’ was not totally convinced by Mata, who in his opinion did not work hard enough on the defensive side of his game, especially in terms of tracking his opposite number when not in possession of the ball.
In fact, the Portuguese even recently confirmed in public that Mata was currently behind Brazil international Oscar when it came to selecting his ‘No 10’ to play behind the lone front man this season.
And despite a relative thawing of their relationship during the course of the past week, with ‘Mou’ stating on Friday ahead of the club’s trip to take on rivals Tottenham Hotspur at White Hart Lane that Mata was now slowly coming round to his way of thinking, it is understood that the Spaniard is still pondering his future at the Bridge.
Mata, who created the Blues’ equaliser at the Lane on Saturday after coming on as a second-half substitute, is known to be keen to regain his place in the Spain squad, especially with this season climaxing with the World Cup in Brazil, with the likes of Manchester United and Atletico Madrid known to be ready to pounce for the wide-man should he decide to leave in January.