Mourinho adamant Mata won't be sold - reports

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Jose Mourinho is adamant that Juan Mata won't be sold in January, according to the Express.

Mata has struggled for first-team action this season after a summer of persistent rumours that he could be on the move.

Chelsea was forced to deny they had offered him to Manchester United as part of a deal for Wayne Rooney, while the likes of Arsenal and Tottenham were also reportedly interested in the Spanish playmaker.

Both Mourinho and the player himself have consistently denied the rumours, while the Chelsea boss has appeared more happy with Mata in recent months having previously questioned his work rate.

Now though Paris Saint-Germain are said to be ready to test that resolve, and could make a big money offer for the two-time Chelsea player of the season in January.

However, according to the Express at least, Mourinho is not entertaining the thought of letting Mata leave just yet.

The paper quotes a 'source' close to Mourinho as saying: “At the moment, Chelsea do not want to sell Mata, even if the offer is right.”

Mata faces tough competition to regain his regular first-team spot, and is likely to be played out of position even when he does feature.

Mourinho has publicly backed Oscar as his first-choice number 10, leaving the likes, of Mata, Willian, Kevin De Bruyne and Eden Hazard to scrap it out for the two wide forward positions.

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