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Chelsea manager Joe Mourinho was less than impressed at the words of his Arsenal counterpart Arsene Wenger, who questioned why midfielder Juan Mata was being sold to Manchester United.
The Gunners' boss highlighted the fact that Chelsea had already played United twice in the Premier League before the departure of the Spain international.
But Andrew Dillon of The Sun (subscription required) reported how Mourinho countered Wenger's criticism:
Wenger complaining is normal because he always does.
When a player plays for a club on August 20 and two weeks later plays against the same club with a different shirt, this is normal.
This is the market. We don’t do the market, we don’t do the rules.
If Wenger sells Mesut Ozil to United I will be very happy because he’s selling a very important player.
He should be very happy Chelsea sold a player like Juan Mata. But I think it’s also a bit of his nature.
We have to accept the way he is. But when he says this is not fair, I think what is not fair is that his team always has the best days to play. Always. Always.
However, in the same article, Wenger insists he was not criticising the sale, he was merely offering an opinion:
What I said was not a complaint, it was just an opinion. People can think about it and say ‘no, that is right as it is’ and we’ll accept it.
I was asked a question and gave an honest answer.
I still am naive enough to think people are sometimes more interested in ideas than about creating conflicts. But no, it’s an illusion.