Chelsea star keen on Spain call-up

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Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata remains confident he will return to the Spain squad despite being dropped from Vincente Del Bosque's most recent team.

The Stamford Bridge star was overlooked for Spain's latest squad to play Belarus and France in 2014 World Cup qualifiers, but the ex-Valencia midfielder is confident his performance level will remain high enough to merit inclusion in the months to come.

Mata has enjoyed a superb start to the season, like much of the Chelsea team, and has linked up well with new teammates Eden Hazard and Oscar.

But still, Mata was dropped from the squad, with Santi Cazorla, David Silva and Pedro preferred to the Chelsea star.

"I have to go forward and trust in the call," Mata told Spanish newspaper AS. "I always try to give my best in every practice and every game, to be at the highest level.

"I think that's what led me to be at an important club like Chelsea and enjoying top level football.

"Therefore, that's what I'm going to keep doing, not taking anything for granted and working and training as usual."

Mata was rested for Spain's most recent World Cup qualifiers after a hectic summer schedule - including Euro 2012 and participation at the London Olympics - left the 23-year-old drained.

Del Bosque and Chelsea agreed he needed a rest, but the Spain coach confirmed last week that Mata was under consideration this time around but didn't make the cut.

Spain have intense competition for places in the attacking midfield position, but the Chelsea star was a member of the Euro 2012 winning squad, coming off the bench in the final to score Spain's fourth in the 4-0 win over Italy.

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