Juan Mata lifts lid on Jose Mourinho talks before Chelsea exit

Juan Mata has revealed that Jose Mourinho wished him luck as his transfer to Manchester United from Chelsea was confirmed

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Manchester United's Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has revealed that Jose Mourinho wished him luck as his transfer to Manchester United from Chelsea was confirmed.

The Spanish playmaker failed to hold down a regular starting spot in Mourinho’s first team at Stamford Bridge following the Portuguese coach’s return to Stamford Bridge in the summer.

Mourinho wished me good luck and told me to be good, as did everyone at the club

Juan Mata

Mata eventually swapped Chelsea for Old Trafford as the Red Devils snapped up the 25-year-old in a club-record £37.1m deal in January.

And the playmaker insists that he left the west London club on amicable terms as he sealed his move to the defending Premier League champions.

“We spoke and [Mourinho] said that he thought this was a good option for me, and I told him I thought this was a good option for me,” Mata is quoted as saying by Metro.

“I wasn’t playing, and to be honest, I am happy when I play football.

“It’s the thing I like to do the most. He wished me good luck and told me to be good, as did everyone at the club.

“I’m very grateful for my time at Chelsea and for all the trophies I have won.”

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