Mourinho and Guardiola crossed out from Chelsea’s list – Juan Mata
The Chelsea forward Juan Mata has ruled out the possibility of Jose Mourinho or Josep Guardiola managing the players of Stamford Bridge this summer. The Spain international explained that Chelsea will never go for a manager that is under contract. The Spaniard also showed full support for the Chelsea caretaker Roberto di Matteo.
Mourinho is under contract with Real Madrid and according to the Spanish club, the former Inter Milan manager will stay at Santiago Bernabeu till he sees of his contract. On the other hand, Mourinho continues to hint his return to England this summer.
Barcelona also expects their manager Josep Guardiola to stay with them after the season ends, however the former Catalan player has refused to ink an extension contract therefore he will be free in the summers. Recent rumors suggest that the Barcelona manager could be plotting his summer escape from Nou Camp.
Meanwhile, the interim manager of Chelsea Di Matteo seems to be doing a fine job with the club following the sacking of Andres Villas-Boas, who was at the club for just eight months. Mourinho and Guardiola are expected to take over the London outfit but Mata believes the mega-rich Russian owner of Chelsea has someone else in mind.
“Names like Guardiola and [Rafa] Benitez have come out...,” Mata said talking to Cadena COPE. “Now we are behind Di Matteo and we have to trust him.
“It is always harder for a coach who already has a team to come. Mourinho and Guardiola will win titles and it only makes it harder for them to leave.
“I cannot see anything strange about the Mourinho news because he comes to London a lot, I think that people are making it more morbid because of Villas-Boas' exit.”
Mata also talked about his teammate Fernando Torres, who was omitted from Spain’s squad for the friendly game against Venezuela last month. Torres’ dismissive form has forced the £50 million striker to the bench in the Chelsea team. Mata is confident that his compatriot will find back his form soon.
“He still has the quality to be at the European Championships,” Mata said. “I really want him to go. The day that [Vicente del Bosque] did not call him up, I tried to cheer him up and told him that he would be ready [for Euro 2012].”
“I think he knows about the competition there is in the squad. I think he is working hard to go, but he is finding it hard to score.
“Moreover, he has not had many chances to score goals. He creates spaces, but he is not having chances to score, and when he does, he has been unlucky.”