The now Spurs boss coached the Spaniard while at Stamford Bridge, enjoying a fruitful relationship with the playmaker.
Despite Mata having been one of the Blues’ top performers over the past couple of seasons, new boss Jose Mourinho is believed to be unconvinced by his abilities.
‘The Special One’ has often opted to field Oscar as his attacking midfielder of choice, limiting the ex-Valencia man’s on-field minutes.
This has led to speculation that Mata could be on the move in January, with Tottenham one of a number of top sides thought to be interested.
AVB refused to suggest that he is plotting a move for the Chelsea star’s signature, but did admit that he is shocked to see a player of his calibre confined to the bench by Mourinho:
“It’s not my decision to pick or not pick Mata, it was before,” he is quoted by Sky Sports.
“He was always involved in my starting XI, I have always enjoyed a great personal and professional relationship with Juan Mata but it’s not my decision anymore.
“I suppose the time that he’s not being given now, with the talent that he has he will overcome it and jump back into the team because he is that player, that special.”
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