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Tottenham to offer January escape route to Chelsea star

Strengthening rivals Chelsea supporters in the Football Transfer Tavern still appear shocked after last night’s surprise defeat in their opening Champions League match against FC Basel at Stamford Bridge.

Returning manager Jose Mourinho left last season’s star man Juan Mata on the bench again before introducing him in the 67th minute to the disgust of Blues fans watching in the tavern.

New £32 million signing Willian was a depressing sight and it’s hard to understand Jose’s thinking by leaving the Spanish maestro out of the starting eleven.

The World Cup and European Championship winner could now be looking for a way out of Stamford Bridge and today’s Express reports that potential suitors include Premier League rivals Tottenham. Spurs manager Andre Villas-Boas is looking to add the midfield star to his growing ranks at White Hart Lane in January.

However, Andre Villas-Boas will face competition for Serie A duo Juventus and Napoli, with former Blues boss Rafael Benitez looking for a reunion with the player he worked with last term.

Any possible arrival of Mata in North London could seemingly spell an end to the short stay of German international Lewis Holtby at the club after already falling behind a host of attacking midfielders in the side.

The 25-year-old insists that his future remains at Stamford Bridge but given next summer’s World Cup in Brazil, he could yet consider his position further and look for a move away during the January transfer window.

Can Spurs successfully lure Mata to White Hart Lane? Would Chelsea be mad to sell him? Let us know your thoughts below.

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