Chelsea boss Mourinho talks about Mata's sale to Man Utd
Jose Mourinho has revealed that Juan Mata had no qualms about moving to Manchester United, as the midfielder was quite happy to make the move up north. He also added that since Chelsea received a very good offer for him, they decided to sell him. Mata is one of the high-profile names to move between the two clubs.
Since the arrival of Roman Abramovich, the duo have become direct rivals and clubs in England usually hesitate to sell to one of their direct rivals. Mourinho, though, has revealed that Chelsea do not think that way and that they were only considering the size of the offer.
The 25-year-old is expected to sign for Manchester United today in a deal worth £37 million, which is a club record for United. According to ESPN, Mourinho said:
“I asked him 'are you really happy to go,' and he was saying 'yes, I am really happy to go,' so after that we have mixed emotions.
"It is an offer that is the right offer for us, so in spite of probably many clubs, many boards and many managers who think you shouldn't sell a top player to a rival club, especially not in the same country you play, we feel and we think differently."
The club stand to make a healthy profit on Mata, but many fans will be questioning the decision to strengthen an immediate rival. Even though United will not be competing against Chelsea this season, a player like Mata is not signed for just the next six months.
He has been the second best in the Premier League at creating chances. David Silva leads the pack with 259 chances created since the 2011-12 season. Mata comes a close second with 227.
Arsene Wenger stated yesterday that he believed Chelsea sold the Spaniard in order to comply with the FFP regulations. Mourinho has denied suggestions that the transfer is being done solely for this purpose, but has stated that it certainly helps the club in this regard. Chelsea made losses of more than £45 million in the latest financial results. He continued:
"We still have fantastic profit on the investment Chelsea made in the past with Juan, and with the two deals, Juan and Kevin de Bruyne [to Wolfsburg], we have put ourselves in a very good position in relation to financial fair play."
Mourinho also does not expect Mata to struggle at United since he thinks the Spaniard is a top player, but he has been sold just because Chelsea were simply unable to find the space for him.