Tuesday 20 March 2018

Mourinho insists title rivals could have joined hunt for Mata in blast at Wenger

Sam Wallace

Jose Mourinho has said that he was so convinced Chelsea were doing the right thing in selling Juan Mata that he would also have sanctioned the Spanish midfielder's sale to Premier League title rivals Arsenal and Manchester City.

The Chelsea manager launched a detailed explanation of the reasons behind the transfer of Mata to Manchester United – to be completed, he said, "sooner rather than later" – and criticised Arsene Wenger for suggesting it was a way of undermining fellow challengers for the Premier League title.

Asked if he would have sold to Arsenal or City, the teams directly above Chelsea in the Premier League table, Mourinho said: "Yes, honestly. A team can only play with 11 players, not 12. City, Arsenal and United are full of top players."

Irish Independent

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