Ever since Jose Mourinho started life as Manchester United manager, there have been two names that often been bandied about the Transfer Tavern.
For the Red Devils propping up the bar, both Paul Pogba and Juan Mata are seemingly on the mind.
The latter has been strongly linked with a move away from the Theatre of Dreams ever since the arrival of the self-proclaimed ‘Special One’, with the 53-year old having sold the World Cup winning maestro during their time together at Chelsea.
Though it had been widely thought that the two shared a chequered past, the former Blues boss has denied that he pressed for the midfielder’s sale in West London, insisting he values him and his talents.
“First of all, I think maybe all of you misunderstood what happened in our previous club because I never told Mata to leave,” he added. “I never pressed the club to sell him.”
“It was his decision and only his decision, and I don’t like players that want to leave.
“That’s why I think every player has a price because if one day a player wants to leave it is because he does not want to be with us.”
Despite the plethora of links away, Mourinho has announced he expects the star to remain at Old Trafford amid his monumental rebuild.
“He’s here and he works hard,” Mourinho said. “He knows that I know he is a good player and he has space in the squad”, revealed.
“Until August 31 the market is open for every one of my players that is not happy, but to be fair I think he is.”
“I think he is happy and I am not expecting him to ask to leave. I am expecting him to do what he is doing now, which is to fight for a place.”
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