Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho gives update on Juan Mata’s future

Chelsea transfers: Jose Mourinho insists that he does not want Juan Mata to leave the club this month

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Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata Photo: The Sport Review

Jose Mourinho has reiterated his stance that he does not want Juan Mata to leave Chelsea in the January transfer window.

The Spain international’s future has been a source of relentless speculation in recent days after Mourinho admitted that the “door is open” for him to leave the club.

I don’t want him to leave and I don’t want the club don’t want to sell him

Jose Mourinho

Mata’s first-team opportunities have been severely restricted this season, with the 25-year-old having been limited to just 11 Premier League starts.

But Mourinho has been thrilled with the playmaker’s response after he was substituted early in the second half of Wednesday’s 3-0 win at Southampton.

“No [he has not been to see me]. And today he trained in a fantastic way,” said Mourinho.

“I think he focused more on what I told him after the game at Southampton, when said that I don’t want him to leave. He was focused on that and not on when I said the door is always open.

“When he focused on [the fact] that I don’t want him to leave and I don’t want the club don’t want to sell him, he moved on.

“As I was saying after the game, he was happy with the victory. Today he trained in a fantastic way, so no problems.”

Paris Saint-Germain are among the clubs reported to be keeping an eye on Mata’s situation, but Mourinho added: “No, [there has not been any interest in him]. I keep saying that I want him to stay. There aren’t any offers.”

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