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Former club plot ambitous return for Chelsea star

Juan MataIt’s a recurring theme in the Football Transfer Tavern lately and today seems to be no different with yet another paper linking Chelsea star Juan Mata with a move away from the club in the near future.

Today Metro suggest that the Spanish international’s former club Valencia are plotting an ambitious swoop for the 25-year-old during the upcoming January transfer window.

Mata, who originally made the switch to Stamford Bridge from Los Che in 2011, has struggled for regular football under new boss Jose Mourinho and is reportedly considering his future at Stamford Bridge.

Last season and the season before’s Player of the Year is not thought to suit Mourinho’s energetic style of play with the former Real Madrid coach preferring Brazilian sensation Oscar over the Spanish World Cup winner.

Understandably a whole host of clubs are interested in taking advantage of the situation at Stamford Bridge with Arsenal, Tottenham, Manchester United and Real Madrid all reportedly tracking his progress.

However the latest reports insist that Valencia believe they stand a chance of landing the quality midfielder as they look to bring him back to the Mestalla Stadium for around £25 million.

Mata would be guaranteed football with his former club and that is likely to prove significant in a World Cup year and a switch back to La Liga could help him to win a spot in the Spain squad.

A loan deal could also be in the pipeline if Chelsea decide not to sell or if Valencia can’t afford him but in truth Blues supporters believe that Jose is making a massive error by excluding Mata from his side.

Is Mourinho losing his special touch? Should he give Mata a real go in his team? Let us know your thoughts below.

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