Juan Mata is staying put, insists Mourinho

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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho has once again refuted claims he would be willing to let Juan Mata leave.

The Portuguese tactician insists Mata is going nowhere despite the Spaniard being limited to just one Premier League appearance since Mourinho's return to Stamford Bridge.

Mourinho, speaking at his pre-match press conference, said: "He's in the same plans as all the others."

"He's a player I like very much, that's why he's here. He is a player I trust a lot and will fight for position like everybody else.

"He will sometimes start, sometimes on the bench. He has to be [prepared to be] not selected like everybody else.

"The squad is competitive and with a match every three days I will make decision that may seem strange to your eyes.

"I make them because I think further than the next match and on to the ones to come and I will leave out an important player because I want him at maximum level for next match.

"I want the players to think only about next match. But I have to think further than that."

Mata had previously been linked with Premier League trio Manchester United, Arsenal and Liverpool, however a move did not come to fruition.

The 25-year-old was dropped for Spain's matches against Finland and Chile along with club teammate Fernando Torres due to Mata's absence from Chelsea's starting line-up.

The World Cup winner will be desperate to cement a place in Mourinho's side in order to seal a spot in Vicente del Bosque's 23-man squad for next summer's World Cup.

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