Jose Mourinho "sorry" for Juan Mata departure

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho admits that he is "sorry" that he didn't make Juan Mata happy during his time at Stamford Bridge.

Chelsea manager Jose Mourinho has admitted that he is "sorry" that he couldn't give Juan Mata what he wanted at the club.

Mata was voted as Chelsea's player of the year for the last two seasons but found himself out of favour under Mourinho, who opted to build his team around Oscar instead.

Mata has now joined Manchester United for a club-record fee of £37.1m, and Mourinho admits that he could not deny the Spaniard an opportunity to play regularly in his favoured position.

"I feel sorry that I didn't make him happy, but football is football and I build a team around Oscar in that position and on the sides the other people is doing very, very well," Mourinho told reporters.

"Juan is not comfortable on the sides. He tried very hard and he did very well in some matches playing on the sides, but it's not his natural habitat.

"So when a club like Man United comes and for sure they told him he's going to play in his favourite position and he wants to go, he goes."

Chelsea have already spent some of the Mata transfer fee bringing in Mohamed Salah from Basel for a reported £11m.

Juan Mata of Chelsea is replaced by Oscar during the Barclays Premier League match between Everton and Chelsea at Goodison Park on September 14, 2013
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