Juan Mata is set for crunch talks with Chelsea this week amid serious interest from Atletico Madrid, according to reports from The Mirror.

The Spaniard has found his first-team role heavily reduced under new boss Jose Mourinho this season, with ‘The Special One’ having frequently opted to exclude the playmaker from his starting XI.

Mata began the season completely out of first-team action, but has forced his way back into the set-up due to his range of abilities and experience.

However, he is still far from being a key player, which is believed to be a worry for him with the 2014 World Cup looming.

As a result, his father and agent, Juan Sr, is set to hold talks with the London club to discuss the two-time Chelsea player of the year’s situation.

Atletico are understood to be ready to offer the 25-year-old an escape route and regular action in the glare of the Spanish media ahead of next summer’s showpiece tournament, which could be attractive.

Mourinho has said that he wants Mata to stay, but the player himself is thought to be angry with the treatment he has received.

Napoli and Inter Milan have also been linked with the creative ace, but a return to his homeland may be more enticing.

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