Jose Mourinho says Juan Mata is yet to attract any concrete offers this month, despite the vast amount of rumours linking the Spaniard with a move away from Stamford Bridge.
The attacking midfielder was said to be attracting great interest from Parc des Princes, with Jeremy Wilson of The Telegraph reporting that an offer from Paris Saint-Germain was imminent.
Speaking prior to this weekend's fixture against Hull City, the Chelsea boss is noted saying that no bids have been received, per the club's official Twitter account:
Jose: "We have had no bids for Mata or Essien. We've had two for De Bruyne which we are analysing." #CFC— Chelsea FC (@chelseafc) January 10, 2014
Mourinho is surprisingly open about the interest in Mata's fellow midfield misfit Kevin De Bruyne who, even in his lessened state of Stamford Bridge activity, is alleged to have drawn in two bids this month.
Should Mata move on from Chelsea?
Mata's situation in West London is steadily improving. Following a very out-of-shape start to the season, the Spaniard has started in six of the Blues' last eight Premier League games, two of which have been for the full 90 minutes.
That being said, Mourinho is still yet to see the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year score in the league, his impact significantly less than what audiences have become accustomed to in the last couple of years.
ESPN's Miguel Delaney adds that there's no chance of Mourinho loaning either player out:
Mourinho says "zero bids" to take Essien or Mata. "Absolutely nothing." He wouldn't let them on loan either.— Miguel Delaney (@MiguelDelaney) January 10, 2014
Chelsea's predicament is a strange one in that they have a player who's shown in the past two seasons that he's capable of leading the European big guns to great success.
However, the tactical demands of Mourinho have meant that a shift in dynamic have shrouded that potential, keeping Mata stuck to the bench for large portions of this season.
Using WhoScored statistics, Jonathan Wilson came to the conclusion that Mata's omission may be deserved, arguing that the 25-year-old's standards have dropped in the past six months:
Having arrived from Valencia for a fee of around £23 million in 2011, Chelsea will be expecting a decent profit on their signing if they indeed let him leave the club in the coming weeks.
However, any club willing to pay that sort of cash is likely to be involved in European competition in some regard, rendering Mata useless for one portion of their campaign.
Of course, there's also the fact that the Premier League giants will be happy to hang onto a player who gives them such strong cover in the creative ranks.
PSG are reported to be keen on securing those services themselves, but there is currently no sign of that coming to fruition.