Chelsea manager, Jose Mourinho, was answering questions about the transfer of Juan Mata to Manchester United in his FA Cup pre-match press conference today.
The ‘Special One’ confirmed that Chelsea allowed Mata to travel to Old Trafford for his medical and that a move will be finalized sooner rather than later.
“We allowed Juan to travel and have a medical at Manchester United,” Mourinho said.
"Sooner rather than later things will be finalised.
“The offer we have received we feel is the right offer for the quality of player.
“It's a good move for Juan, it's good for the Premier League, and the offer is the right offer.”
Mourinho added that Mata was a fantastic player for Chelsea and, in light of Manchester United still facing Arsenal and Man City, the Blues boss added that Mata could still be important for them.
“He is a fantastic player,” Mourinho continued.
“In spite of not playing much for us, I still think he could be important for us.
“He was fantastic for Chelsea, and Chelsea were fantastic for him.
“We hope Juan does well. We are convinced he will do well. No fears for us. We all wish him well.”
The Chelsea manager said that Mata told him he wanted to leave and he allowed him to go, because Chelsea fans would want to see the player happy, despite of playing for their direct rivals.
"If we said Manchester United 'You didn't sell us Wayne Rooney in the summer so we won't sell you Mata' that's not right.
“I asked him (Juan Mata) 'Are you really happy to go?' and he was saying 'Yes'. It was mixed emotions on both sides”
Mourinho also found some provoking words for Arsenal manager, Arsene Wenger, who yesterday labelled Mata's move to United as being unfair.
“Wenger complaining [about Mata transfer] is normal because he always does.
“When he says this is not fair I think what's not fair is his team always has the best days to play.”
By David Kappel