Mata: I’m Going Nowhere

Juan Mata is determined to fight for his place at Chelsea and will not hand in a transfer request to force a move away from Stamford Bridge.

Mata has become a fringe member of the squad under manager Jose Mourinho having started ust 11 out of 20 League games this term.

The Spain international, who was left on the bench for the FA Cup Third Round victory over Derby Sunday, showed his frustration after being substituted against Southampton on New Years’ Day.

Mata needs to play regularly to ensure he gets selected for Spain’s World Cup squad this summer and Paris Saint Germain are considering making a £30m bid this month.

But the midfielder is still committed to Chelsea and while there was some concern over Mourinho’s comments that ‘the door was open’ over a possible transfer, he is not looking to quit the club.

Writing on his blog on Monday, he said: “My goal is to keep being happy and trying to make the people around me happy. At the end, that’s what life is about!”

‘The FA Cup is always big,’ emphasised the 26-year-old.

‘If we can pick up this trophy it will be very good for us and the manager stressed how important this competition is, but we still want to keep doing well in the Premier League and the Champions League of course.

‘We have always had this winning mentality at Chelsea. This manager installed it into this team and now he is back and he has installed it into the new players.

‘There have been a lot of games in the last month and I think we did pretty well. We just want to keep building and now we are starting to know what the manager wants from us. It is starting to pay off and hopefully at the end of the season we will be smiling.’

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