The Football Transfer Tavern is stunned.
After a couple of minutes of silence a Chelsea punter bellows: “Mourinho wants to do what?!”
The news has broken in the tavern that Juan Mata is being linked with a move away from Chelsea, following the signing of Willian from Anzhi Makhachkala.
The former Valencia playmaker was one of the stars of the Premier League last season and the Chelsea regulars here just can’t accept that Mata maybe sold.
Admittedly, they’ve had a few beverages, but one of the customers asks me for a pen and paper (the best I can do is pinch a crayon from one of our kids activity packs and a napkin!) and he tells me that they are going to write a letter to Jose about why he shouldn’t sell Mata.
I can’t help but laugh and I get on with my shift.
Later, when I’m closing up the place, I see the napkin on the floor and have a read. Here’s what they wrote.