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Paris Saint-Germain will test the resolve of Chelsea's Juan Mata after he reacted angrily to being substituted by Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho, as per Jeremy Wilson at The Telegraph.
"Mourinho said on Monday that the club had an 'open door' should Mata wish to hold talks about leaving," Wilson wrote. "It is understood that Mata's representatives have attempted to clarify the situation on Wednesday following Mourinho's remarks."
When asked if Mata's time was up, Mourinho categorically denied he wanted Chelsea's reigning two-time Player of the Year out.
"I keep saying that I want him to stay," Mourinho said, as per Jacob Steinberg at The Guardian. "But yes, it hurts me. He's a good kid, he works hard, not an easy situation for him not to be playing every time."
Before you berate Mata for being insubordinate, remember that Gianfranco Zola—Chelsea's greatest ever player—abandoned the club temporarily after feeling betrayed by compatriot Gianluca Vialli, the Blues manager at the time, as per The Italian Job, A Journey to the Heart of Two Great Footballing Cultures by Gianluca Vialli and Gabriele Marcotti:
When I was managing Chelsea, I had to take off Gianfranco Zola, who was hardly a hot-head, at Stamford Bridge.
He was far from happy. He did not make a scene—it's not in his nature to do so—but he did walk out on the club. He walked straight into the dressing room, showered, got dressed and went home.
As manager, I couldn't stand for this, because it showed a lack of respect for the group.
Thankfully, Zola, a professional and a team player, was probably the first to realise it. The next day, at training, he immediately apologised to everybody.
I'm sure he still felt that he was unfairly substituted, but he was big enough to understand that you don't walk out on your teammates.
Vialli later accused a 'Mr Nice Guy', a possible inference to Zola, being a factor in his dismissal as Chelsea manager.
Since Mourinho isn't going to get fired anytime soon, Mata is on borrowed time at Chelsea.
If PSG submit £50 million, after Chelsea just announced losses of £49.4 million, the Blues will accept it especially with Mata being a role player right now rather than the star midfielder who registered 35 assists last season.
Mourinho sees Oscar as a more all-round footballer in the No. 10 position while out wide, Willian is more diligent tracking opposing runners.
Mata will be to another club what Zola was to Chelsea.
That reference is Zola becoming a Chelsea player because of an error in judgement from then Parma manager Carlo Ancelotti.
"I wanted to play 4-4-2 and I put the players in the right positions but he [Zola] wanted to stay in the centre like a striker," Ancelotti said, as per The Guardian. "I think it was a mistake. It was my first experience in Serie A and I was not able to change the system. He would probably not have gone to Chelsea if I had changed the system."