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Jose wants Mata to stay

Sunday, January 05, 2014

COBHAM, England - Jose Mourinho insists he does not want Juan Mata to leave Chelsea and expects the Spain international to remain at Stamford Bridge this month.

The Chelsea manager appeared to pave the way for Mata's departure after the player's frustrated reaction to being substituted during the New Year's Day win at Southampton.

Mata, the club's player of the year for the last two seasons, has struggled to establish himself as a first-choice selection since the Portuguese returned during the close season and has been linked with a move to Manchester United.

And the manager's claim that the club's "door was open" if the player wanted to discuss a move away was taken as an indication that Mata's days at the club are numbered.

But Mourinho declared himself happy with the way Mata has reacted to the latest disappointment.

Speaking on Friday ahead of Chelsea's FA Cup third round trip to Derby County, the manager said: "He's not been in to see us and today he trained in a fantastic way. He focused more on what I said after the game, when I said 'I don't want him to leave'."

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