Mata: Mourinho never explained why I was dropped at Chelsea

Juan Mata reveals that he was never told the reasons when he was dropped by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea

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Manchester United's Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Juan Mata has revealed that he was never told the reasons why he was dropped by Jose Mourinho at Chelsea this season.

Despite being named the Blues’ player of the season in his first two campaigns at Stamford Bridge, Mata was frozen out by Mourinho and made just 13 Premier League appearances before his £37.5m transfer to Manchester United in January.

There are coaches who explain but others who don’t think it’s necessary

Juan Mata

But the 25-year-old says he was never given an explanation for his limited role before leaving the club.

“No. We never talked about that. Nor would we,” Mata told The Guardian.

“When I played, I played. He would give me instructions.

“There are coaches who explain but others who don’t think it’s necessary. That’s all.”

Mata also lifted the lid on his difficult final few months in west London.

“Mentally, it was complicated. It was hard to leave Chelsea and I’ll always be grateful but, at the same time, I was joining a great club,” he said.

“I spent virtually the whole time at home with my family, trying to stay calm, waiting, watching time pass, watching films and series, checking the phone. I went to the gym to make sure I didn’t lose shape because I hardly trained [with Chelsea].

“Lots of team-mates are friends and they call. Not to gossip but to ask how you are, to be by your side. I’m still in touch with people at Chelsea; there are good people in that dressing room, friends forever.

“Everything depends on the club more than the player: the quantities, the paperwork.”

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