Benitez plotting January move for Chelsea ace

Juan Mata

Rafa Benitez is hoping to lure Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata to Napoli in January after Jose Mourinho made it clear that the playmaker was not in his plans, according to the Sunday Mirror.

Numerous top European clubs will be interested in taking the Spanish international should Chelsea predictably sell but Benitez is confident that his relationship with Mata and the impressive nature of his new look Napoli squad could give him an advantage.

Mata was not even on the bench for Chelsea as they beat West London rivals Fulham at Stamford Bridge on Saturday and Mourinho has made it clear that Oscar is his main man when it comes to the central midfield role.

Mata was arguably Chelsea’s best player last season and one of the top performers in the Premier League but Mourinho wants to change things at Stamford Bridge and with two defeats in his last three games, it isn’t going too well.

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