Juan Mata: I didn’t pay attention to speculation over my Chelsea future
Juan Mata insists he did not pay any attention to the speculation linking him with a move away from Chelsea during the summer
Juan Mata insists he did not pay any attention to the speculation linking him with a move away from Chelsea this summer.
The 25-year-old’s future appeared to be in doubt following Jose Mourinho’s arrival at Stamford Bridge and the Spaniard was linked with the likes of Arsenal, Liverpool and Atletico Madrid.
But after Mourinho on Friday said that he sees Mata as a “very important” player for the Blues, the playmaker insisted he did not seriously consider a move away from west London.
“To be honest, every summer it’s more or less the same, you get used to reading about it,” Mata told Sky Sports.
“But I wasn’t focused on that – I was focused on getting better and recovering from my injury, training and pushing hard to play. That’s it, that’s what I care about.”
Mata has only started one game under Mourinho after a niggling thigh injury hampered his pre-season preparations.
But the Spain international is hoping to win back his starting spot under the Portuguese coach as he returns to full fitness.
“I’m very optimistic and positive,” he continued. “It’s been a difficult pre-season for me with the injury. I trained less than my team-mates but now I’m feeling better.
“I can’t wait to play to enjoy it like I did the last two seasons and help the team to win as I always did.”
He added: “We spoke about it and he [Mourinho] said to me that I was very important for him and for the squad.
“My aim hasn’t changed. It’s about being as good as I was in the two seasons and trying to improve and become a better player.”