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Mourinho insists Mata is not for sale

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Jose Mourinho has dashed talk of any sale for playmaker Juan Mata.

There has been intense speculation over Mata's future in recent weeks, due to Chelsea purchasing yet another offensive midfielder in Willian, while Mourinho seemingly doesn't rate Mata as high as others.

That speculation only intensified last night when the diminutive Spaniard started Chelsea's blockbuster match against Manchester United on the bench. It was the second time in Chelsea's three matches that Mata has had to settle for a place on the bench. 

What will really leave a sour taste though, is over a course of a match which resulted in a 0-0 Mourinho didn't decide to bring match-winner Mata on. Instead he first opted for mis-firing Torres, then conservative John Obi-Mikel and finally full-back Cesar Azpilicueta. Of course the season is still very early and Chelsea have only played three competitive matches, yet it begs the question if Mata will play a prominent role in the Chelsea side this season?

Juan Mata has arguably been Chelsea's star man in the past two seasons since leaving his home country and Valencia in the summer of 2011 in a £24m move. Last season was a season in particular when Mata made a lasting impression, contributing more goal assists than anyone in the Premier League.

Reports have linked Chelsea's number 10 with a move to Manchester United with Chelsea holding an interest in United's key player Wayne Rooney. While Tottenham are also a club reportedly showing interest, due to Bale likely move to Real Madrid.

Another club who have been credited with an interest in the player's services are Atletico Madrid which would mean a move back to Mata's native country while Chelsea wouldn't have to sell to a domestic rival.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo admits he is a Mata admirer, but would be reluctant to pay the wages Mata earns at Chelsea.

He told The Sun recently: "Mata is a good player but he's playing in the Premier League and over there they pay a lot." 

However, the self-proclaimed Special One is adamant Mata will remain a Chelsea player and said rumours of a reported move are false, "He is very important for me and very important for Chelsea," said Mourinho.

"The stories that are coming out are nonsense stories. He goes nowhere."

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