Ex-Chelsea boss Grant confused by Mourinho’s handling of Mata

Former Chelsea manager Avram Grant admits he can't understand why Jose Mourinho isn't playing Juan Mata

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Juan Mata signed for Chelsea from Valencia in August 2011

Avram Grant admits he can’t understand why Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho is continuing to omit Juan Mata from his Blues side.

The two-time Chelsea player of the year didn’t even make Mourinho’s squad for the club’s 2-0 victory over Fulham in the west London derby at Stamford Bridge on Saturday.

Following the win, Mourinho defended his selection policy and insisted Mata had to adapt to his desired style of play before sealing a return to the Chelsea first-team.

“I personally don’t understand [why he left Mata out],” Grant said.

“But in this position Chelsea have so many players, so if Oscar, Eden Hazard, or Willian are out, people will ask why they are out of the squad or team.

“A manager needs to take a decision and in this case it’s a tough decision. Jose will know how to manage them well.”

Despite the ongoing uncertainty surrounding Mata’s future, Grant believes the former Valencia man will remain at the west London side.

“I think yes [he will stay]. He’s a great player, he’s won games, gave assists and scored goals,” Grant continued.

Grant also rubbished claims that Chelsea owner Roman Abramovich interferes with the Blues’ transfer policy.

“He didn’t do it [with me] and I don’t think he did it with any manager,” he added. “This is a story that isn’t true.

“At the end of the day the manager made the decisions and he never said do this or that.

“I’ve known him a long time and he never took a decision against me. If a manager said “I don’t want this player”, he will not buy him.”

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