Former Chelsea star questions Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell Juan Mata

Former Chelsea midfielder Deco feels Juan Mata could have played an important role for the club in the title race

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Manchester United's Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Deco has questioned Jose Mourinho’s decision to sell Juan Mata to Manchester United in January.

The Chelsea manager deemed the Spain international surplus to requirements despite Mata winning the club’s player of the year award in 2012 and 2013.

The 26-year-old has scored five goals and made four assists in 13 Premier League appearances after his club-record £42.5m move to the Red Devils from the west London club.

And former Chelsea midfielder Deco feels Mata could have offered the Blues a different option as Mourinho’s men bid to win the Champions League and Premier League.

“I don’t know why Jose sold Mata in January because he is a good player,” Deco told the Express.

“Maybe now he could be important for Chelsea. I am sure Jose knows what he is doing, but Mata seemed to have started well for Chelsea.”

Earlier this week, Mata thanks former United manager David Moyes for his role in the playmaker’s switch to the 20-time English champions.

“Obviously I don’t want to forget that, since the beginning of the week, David Moyes is no longer our manager,” Mata wrote in his blog, One Hour Behind.

“I wish him and his technical staff the best of luck in the future, and I do thank him for his continuous interest in me and his importance during my transfer to become a Manchester United player.”

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