The Spaniard had been linked with a transfer but the midfielder never entertained it.
There is good news for Chelsea fans as midfielder Juan Mata reveals that whilst there was speculation linking the Spanish star with a move away, it never crossed the player’s mind.
Whilst reports suggested the 25-year-old would be sold under returning manager Jose Mourinho, Mata has said that the boss assured the Spaniard of his role in the team and the midfield ace is delighted to be working under the Portuguese maestro.
“I was relaxed about the speculation because I spoke to the club and the manager, who said I was important to them. That was good to hear,” Mata was quoted in the Mirror.
“It’s very good, everyone wants to feel important for the club, I feel it, I’m very happy and enjoying training with the new manager, and I hope I can improve on the last two seasons.”
The midfielder was instrumental in the Blues’ march on the Premier League top four and the Europa League trophy in 2012/13, playing 64 matches in all competitions and contributing an impressive 19 goals and 35 assists.
Mata was also shortlisted for the PFA Player of the Year award and was included in the same organisation’s best XI of the season.
Since making a £23.5m transfer from Valencia two years ago, the Spain international has become a key member of the team and under Mourinho that isn’t expected to change.
It has been a trophy-filled few years for the Spaniard, with Mata winning the World Cup and European Championship with Spain, along with the FA Cup, Europa League and Champions League with Chelsea since 2010.