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Mourinho 'Open' to Mata Exit
Sky Sports News, January 2nd, 2014 1:54PM
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Jose Mourinho revealed that Juan Mata is free to depart Stamford Bridge if he wants to leave. The Spaniard was visibly upset as he was substituted in the 53rd minute of Chelsea's 3-0 win against Southampton at St. Mary's on Wednesday, prompting questions as to whether Mourinho would be willing to sell the out-of-favor playmaker during the January transfer window. Mata, who has started just nine Premier League games this season, had to be calmed down by Michael Essien on the Chelsea bench after he was substituted.

After the game, Mourinho said he wants to keep Mata, but he would be willing to talk to the player if he is unhappy. "I want to keep him. I don't want him to go. That is my opinion, my wish, but my door is open," the Chelsea coach said. "The club's door is open too so when a player wants to speak to us we are there waiting for them. If you are asking do you want the club to sell him? I don't want to."

When asked, Mourinho said he could not offer the player a guaranteed spot in the starting 11. "I offer nobody -- not Michael, not nobody (guaranteed playing time)," the Portuguese said. "I understand that players think about national team, the World Cup and playing regularly, but my players have to think of the team before the players. Michael knows that perfectly." Read the original story...

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