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Wenger: Chelsea don't do the rules

ESPN staff
January 23, 2014
Juan Mata is set to complete a £37 million switch to Manchester United from Chelsea

Arsene Wenger has expressed concern over Juan Mata's impending £37 million move to Manchester United, but says that Chelsea "do not do the rules".

Wenger believes the timing of the move has some benefit to Chelsea, with all of their title rivals still to face a United side that will now be boosted by the arrival of Mata.

"I am surprised," Wenger said of the deal. "Juan Mata is a great player and they sell a great player to a direct opponent.

"It opens again a little bit the opportunity of this transfer market because Chelsea has already played twice against Man United. They don't play against them anymore.

"They could have sold him last week [before United's game at Stamford Bridge]. It opens at least the dates of this United.

"If you want to respect fairness, that should not happen. You would want that everyone is on the same level. Chelsea do not do the rules. Maybe the rules should be adapted to more fairness."

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