Sorry Arsene Wenger. Juan Mata isn't going anywhere.
The Arsenal manager spoke in positive terms about the Spanish winger and intimated that he'd like to buy the player, as reported by Sky Sports. However, he realized how difficult it would be to buy Mata, especially from a club like Chelsea.
As he's done all summer, Jose Mourinho once again denied that Mata is available this summer. After the player was named on the bench against Manchester United. The Chelsea manager insisted the move wasn't a sign that Mata is unwanted, as documented by Goal.com's Tim Simon:
There is no chance Juan goes.
He had a very small pre-season after the Confederations Cup. And during that pre-season he was injured.
He started training two days before we played the first league match.
He played against Aston Villa and I decided to put him on the bench against United.
The club confirmed on their website the Willian move, which could create a selection problem because Chelsea already had enough attacking midfielders.
In order to alleviate some of that problem, the Daily Mail's Neil Ashton reported Victor Moses is being made available for loan. Should the Blues sign Christian Atsu, as the Daily Mail's Richard Arrowsmith suggested, it's more of a move for the future rather than one where the player is going to play right away. So he's not going to be challenging for a first-team place anytime soon.
There's simply no way you can see Chelsea selling Mata before the September 2 deadline. How many times must Mourinho insist that he will not be leaving before all of this speculation ends?
The 25-year-old winger is one of—if not the—best players in the Premier League. He's not the kind of player you can sell in the hope of finding another one like him in the space of a few days.
According to Squawka, Mata created 95 chances during Premier League play. That's 30 more than Eden Hazard, who was second on the team with 65. The Spaniard was also second on the club in goals with 12. His 2.7 key passes a game were also tied for third in the Premier League according to WhoScored.
Mata is the epitome of a class player. He does everything right on the pitch and doesn't have to be a loathsome figure while he does it. Whether it's threading through a vital pass ahead of an attacker, taking a dangerous set piece or having a long-range effort on goal, he can do whatever you ask of him.
With The Guardian's Jamie Jackson reporting Rooney isn't putting in a transfer request at Manchester United, the time has come for Chelsea to give up hope of any deal happening. Exactly why essentially swapping Rooney for Mata was a good move is anybody's guess.
Just because Mourinho is a very pragmatic coach who's not afraid to win ugly doesn't mean he despises and won't use creative players. Real Madrid and Inter Milan had plenty of tricky wingers and attacking midfielders as they were winning league titles and, in Inter's case, a Champions League.
Mata will continue to be Chelsea's most important player.