Chelsea’s Jose Mourinho reveals plans for Juan Mata next season

Jose Mourinho insists Juan Mata "fits into his plans" at Chelsea and is looking forward to working with the playmaker next season

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Juan Mata signed for Chelsea from Valencia in August 2011 Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho insists that Juan Mata “fits into his plans” at Chelsea and is looking forward to working with the playmaker next season.

Mourinho’s arrival at Chelsea last month sparked reports that Mata could be set to leave Stamford Bridge, despite establishing himself as one of the Blues’ key players over the last two seasons.

However, the Portuguese boss was quick to quash the reports and the 25-year-old Spaniard is now thought to be close to signing a new five-year contract with the west London club.

And Mourinho, who returned to Chelsea on a four-year deal last month, is determined to get the best out of the midfielder next term.

“Last season Mata won it [the Chelsea player of the year awards] from the fans and from his colleagues and that means a lot, so of course he fits in my plans,” Mourinho told Chelsea’s website.

“I have my idea about where and how he produces better and where he has more difficulty, but we are here to try to keep him performing when he is performing and to try to help him perform better in the situations where he has it more difficult.

“I like very much a right-sided player to be left-footed. I like the wingers to come inside and on the left we have a lot – [Eden] Hazard, [Victor] Moses, [Kevin] De Bruyne.

“Juan is the only player we have to do that on the right but I also think he is very comfortable playing No10, so between these two positions he has a lot to give to the team.”

He added: “I always say to these creative players that if you have more than the others, you have to do more than the others.

“If you have this ability, you have to use this ability. If you do it with one objective, to score goals or to create goals, do it. If you lose the ball then no problem, because you had a good objective in your mind – you wanted to score goals or you wanted to produce goals.”

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