Juan Mata has hailed Jose Mourinho as “one of the best” managers and is hopeful that he will return to Stamford Bridge.
The Spanish forward signed for Chelsea in August 2011 and although he has won the UEFA Champions League, UEFA Europa League and FA Cup during his time at the club, he has yet to lift the Premier League trophy.
Mourinho’s departure from Real Madrid by mutual consent was confirmed on Monday by president Florentino Perez, leaving him free to return to London after five years away.
In his first spell in charge the Portuguese won two league titles, the FA Cup and two League Cups, and Mata hopes that if he does return to the club he will inspire them to win more silverware.
“Jose is one of the best,” Mata said. “If he comes we will try and do our best with him, or whoever, to
win the title, because one challenge for me will be to win the Premier
“He won everything in every country he was – in Portugal, in Italy, in London with Chelsea, and in Spain as well.
“We don’t know really what is going to happen but if he comes he is welcome because he is one of the best and Chelsea always want to be a top side.
“If he comes we are going to be happy to have him.
“What I know is that Madrid is a massive club with a lot of pressure on them, and it shouldn’t be easy to be manager of Real Madrid.”