28 Aug '13, 8am
Mourinho: Mata needed a rest
Sky Bet Loading Market ... Football Betting Claim your free bet now! Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho maintains that Juan Mata is not for sale and has explained his benching at Old Trafford. Speculation regarding the Spain international's future has intensified after he was left out of the Blues' starting XI for the 0-0 Premier League draw at Manchester United on Monday night. The news that Chelsea are now in 'advanced talks' with Porto winger Christian Atsu is also likely to fan the transfer flames further, rather than put them out. Chelsea are already well-stocked for creative talent, so the arrival of another forward-thinking player would suggest that sales are imminent. Manchester United have been strongly linked with Mata, while Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger admitted a liking for the World Cup winner on Tuesday. Mourinho, though, intends to leave his Premier League rivals empt...