Mata not leaving Chelsea

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has rubbished reports that he wants to leave the west London club.

The Spain international has been a peripheral figure under Jose Mourinho this season, and was also left out Vicente Del Bosque’s squad to face Finland.

But the attacker has insisted he wants to stay at Stamford Bridge, despite rumoured interest from Valencia, Paris Saint-Germain and Tottenham.

“I think it’s normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours but I’m happy here,' Mata told Chelsea TV. 

“It’s been a very, very good two seasons for me here, maybe the best of my career, and what I want this season is the same.

“I’m looking forward to achieving as many trophies as we did the last two seasons and hopefully this is going to be a good season for us again.'

“My only aim is to play here, grow as a player and do as good a season as the last two which were amazing for me,' Mata added. 

“These two seasons have flown by… but to me this is good because when you are enjoying things and you are happy, time goes quicker.

“I had four weeks off [ahead of pre-season training] and to be honest that’s too much time for me because in the last five or six years I didn’t have this sort of rest. 

“But I’ve had plenty of rest and now I’m feeling really good. The best thing for me is to play because I love to play.”

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