Mata pledges future to Chelsea
Juan Mata has insisted he is happy to remain at Chelsea, Yahoo Sport has reported, despite featuring in only one of Jose Mourinho’s first four games in charge and being linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge during the transfer window.
Mata has been named the club’s player of the year in each of his two seasons with Chelsea but was left out of the side to play Manchester United in Chelsea’s biggest Premier League game of the season so far, and did not feature in the UEFA Super Cup against Bayern Munich either. Mata was also left out of the Spain squad for the upcoming international fixtures, with the world champions playing Finland in a World Cup qualifier on Friday and Chile in a friendly next week.
But the former Valencia playmaker has said he is happy to remain with the Blues and is targeting another successful season, having won the Champions League in his first year with the club and followed that up by claiming the Europa League last season. “I think it's normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours but I'm happy here,” Mata said.
“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,” the 25-year-old added.
“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 continued. “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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