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Mata committed to Chelsea

Juan Mata has insisted he is happy at Chelsea and is committed to establishing himself in Jose Mourinho's line-up this season.

Juan Mata has been in stunning form this season
Mata is currently out of favour for both club and country.

The Spaniard was linked with moves to Manchester United, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and Arsenal in the final days of the transfer window after being left out of Chelsea's starting XI for the matches against United, Hull and Bayern Munich.

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Mata, omitted from Spain's squad for this week's World Cup qualifiers, appears to have fallen out of favour with Mourinho, but the midfielder is undaunted.

"I think it's normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours, but I'm happy here," he told Chelsea TV. "It's been a very, very good two seasons for me here, maybe the best of my career, and what I want this season is the same.

"I'm looking forward to achieving as many trophies as we did the last two seasons, and hopefully this is going to be a good season for us again."

Mata admitted the thigh injury he suffered ahead of pre-season had hampered him, but added: "My only aim is to play here, grow as a player and do as good a season as the last two which were amazing for me,".

"These two seasons have flown by... but to me this is good because, when you are enjoying things and you are happy, time goes quicker.

"I had four weeks off [ahead of pre-season training] and to be honest that's too much time for me, because in the last five or six years I didn't have this sort of rest. But I've had plenty of rest and now I'm feeling really good. The best thing for me is to play because I love to play."


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