Chelsea transfers: Juan Mata wants to stay, insists Jose Mourinho again
Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho again moves to end the speculation over Juan Mata's future by insisting he wants to stay
Jose Mourinho has once again moved to end the speculation linking Juan Mata with a move away from Chelsea this summer.
The Spain international’s future has been under the spotlight in recent days after he was left out of Chelsea’s starting line-up for the Blues’ clash at Manchester United on Monday.
Tottenham and Arsenal have been credited with an interest in signing the 25-year-old playmaker, while Atletico Madrid were reported to be keen on bringing Mata back to Spain on a season-long loan deal.
But Mourinho has again insisted that Mata remains a “very important” player at Stamford Bridge and says all parties want him to stay at the club.
“Everything is clear between me and the player,” Mourinho told a news conference on Thursday.
“We have no problems. I think he’s a very important player for us. He wants to be a very important player for us. He wants to stay, I want him to say, the club want him to stay. So there is no story.”
Mourinho, whose Chelsea side take on Bayern Munich in the Uefa Super Cup on Friday, went on to insist that his decision to leave Mata out of the side that drew with United on Monday night was not linked to the player’s future.
“There is a new tendency which is everybody speaks and asks about the players that didn’t play,” said Mourinho.
“It’s very [unusual] now that people ask about the player that plays. This is not just in England, it’s all over. The question normally comes in the direction of the player that didn’t play.
“It was my option, [and] he didn’t play against Manchester United. I always have reasons for my [decisions]. I feel that it’s my duty to explain the reasons to my players – and I do. I don’t feel it’s my duty to explain to the media the reasons and I don’t always do.
“Probably you are right when you analyse and see how many good players we have in these positions behind the striker. But these are also players that can play wide.
“You go to Man City, Arsenal, Man United – every big team. They all have many options because they want to compete in different competitions. It’s a World Cup year and it’s more difficult with the national teams because the players go for friendlies and they don’t have rests.
“You need to have numbers. You cannot do it with 10 players, we have to do it with 20 and that’s the reason why we try to strengthen our squad.”