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Juan Mata Says He Is Staying At Chelsea

26/06/2013 11:49 BST

Juan Mata has reiterated his commitment to Chelsea despite speculation linking him with a transfer away from the club.

In an interview with AS, the 25-year-old stated his bewilderment over reports he was set to leave the Blues this summer, and spoke of how much he enjoys playing in the Premier League and living in London.

"I don't know where that came from," he said of the reports.

"The last time I spoke with the club they told me I was a very important player to them and transmitted confidence in me.

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Mata has been brilliant for Chelsea in his two seasons at the club

"I'm sure (new manager José) Mourinho will want to see everyone first and then decide what he wants to do."

Mata was careful about commenting on his fourth Stamford Bridge coach before they meet, but expressed confidence they will have a good working relationship.

He said: "You have to know people first before you can evaluate them. After the holidays and after I've rested I'll meet the new boss and I'm sure things will go well."

Mata was nurtured at Real Madrid's academy before establishing himself at Valencia, and was coy on the subject of a possible return to the Santiago Bernabèu in the future.

"I only have good words for Real Madrid. I was there for four years and they brought me up, both as a player and a person," Mata responded when asked about a possible return.

"I have many friends there and I'm very grateful to the club. But I've spent two great years in London and the only thing I'm thinking about now is continuing to enjoy this league and this city that I love."

Mata could play his 70th match of the season if he appears in Spain's Confederations Cup semi-final with Italy on Thursday night.