Chelsea duo want to be placed on transfer list

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Chelsea duo Juan Mata and Cesar Azpilicueta are both eager to leave the club in January, as they grow increasingly frustrated at a lack of first-team opportunities this season, reports Marca.

According to Sport Witness, the Spanish publication says that the pair want to be placed on the transfer list, in order to leave west London when the window reopens in the New Year.

With the 2014 World Cup in Brazil on the horizon, Mata and Azpilicueta will both want to impress Spain national team boss Vicente del Bosque, and neither feel that they are currently getting enough playing time at Stamford Bridge to warrant inclusion in the 23-man squad.

Jose Mourinho will be determined to keep hold of both players, but with competition for places in the Chelsea midfield at an all-time high, he has not been able to guarantee Mata a starting berth, despite the fact he is a firm fans' favourite, after being voted player of the year in each of the past two seasons.

Azpilicueta's action has been restricted even further, with just the solitary substitute appearance for the Blues in 2013/14, as Branislav Ivanovic continues to maintain the right-back role in Mourinho's defence.

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