Juan Mata has revealed he is happy to remain at Chelsea despite rumours new manager Jose Mourinho was willing to sell the Spain international, Sky
It was at one point claimed that Chelsea had offered Luiz to Manchester United in part-exchange for Wayne Rooney – later denied by the club – but Mata spoke with Mourinho to put the gossip to bed and was comforted by the assurances he received from the former Real Madrid boss.
“I was relaxed about the speculation because I spoke to the club and the manager, who said I was important to them. That was good to hear,” Mata said. He added on the club’s official website: “We’re really looking forward to starting the season with [Mourinho] and we are all excited about it. Jose did a really great job here a few years ago and I think that we can do it again.
“It’s very good, everyone wants to feel important for the club, I feel it, I’m very happy and enjoying training with the new manager, and I hope I can improve on the last two seasons.”
Mata has recently started pre-season training after spending the first part of the summer on international duty, helping Spain to the final of the Confederations Cup, where they lost to hosts Brazil. The former Valencia playmaker featured against both Milan clubs as part of Chelsea’s United States tour, and says the friendlies have helped him after his national team commitments.
“Playing against AC was good for me, he explained. “The players who were in the Confederations Cup need minutes, and with games like this it’s better for us. Each manager has his own kind of work, but in terms of intensity the training has been high and I think it’s really good to get the intensity into our game.”
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