As big question marks continues to hug the headlines of newspapers around the world over the surprise departure of Spanish play maker Juan Mata from Chelsea to bitter rivals Manchester United, the controversial Blues manager who turned 53 today has this to say as his decision to let go despite plenty criticism from fellow coaches and supporters.
“I asked him are you really happy to go, he said yes,” Mourinho said.
“[So] we allow Juan to travel for the medical with United.
“Think [he’s] in manchester with United and things are going in that direction sooner rather than later.
“This is a special club, this club cares with people and this club is very respectful with the players and especially those with history in this club and Juan is one of these.
“He could be important for us. [He’s a] fantastic player in spite of not playing a lot especially in the last period and he could have been a very important player for us.
“But Juan had a fantastic opportunity for him. Another big club wants him in the country where he wants to be and to play with the offer that is the right offer for us.
“In spite of many clubs, many boards and many managers who think don’t sell a top player to a rival club, especially not in the same country you play but we feel different.
“The player deserves respect and to be happy and play where he wants to play and we consider it the right offer for the quality of the player so we allow him to negotiate and we didn’t close the door.
“[It’s a] good offer, I don’t want to specify but it is a good offer, respectful to us and to the value of the player that allows us to try to bring in another player and still have a fantastic profit on the investment Chelsea made on Juan.
“On Juan and Kevin De Bruyne we put ourselves in a very good position with Financial Fair Play.