Mourinho said: “I sold because he asked for that.
“Nobody in my previous club wanted to sell or push him. No, it was his decision, he was not the first option, but he was playing every game.
“I never let Juan Mata out of my selection of the 18 but he was on the bench a few times. We had a proposal from a big club like Man United.
“We thought in the club that the proposal was very much acceptable, that it was very good proposal for that
period, three years ago.
“In this moment the numbers are going crazy so that numbers that looked very high three years later it looks very cheap but he wanted to leave and my philosophy is I don’t want players that want to leave.
“I want players that want to come and want to stay. I don’t want players that want to leave so we sold Juan to Man United but I think since the first day everything is clear between us.
“There is space for him. He’s a talented player and I don’t promise places to anyone.
“I promise respect and I like him so if he wants to stay and I think he wants – until this moment I don’t have one little sign that he wanted to leave so I think he wants too stay and yes there is space for him and yes I think he can be useful to the club.”
“I want to challenge.
“I don’t know but I want. I’m not going to hide behind three bad seasons, three bad championships, behind two season not even with the fourth, I’m not going to hide behind that.
“I want to win the title and I want my players to feel. If at the end of the season anyone is better than us then great but now in this moment before the flag to start the race I’m not going to say we don’t want to win