Mata rubbishes links with a transfer to Madrid or Barca.
Instrumental Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata has spoken publicly about the constant rumours linking him with a move to Barcelona or Real Madrid, with the Spaniard denying the claims.
Mata has had two impressive seasons at Stamford Bridge since signing for the west London side for £23.5m in the summer of 2011 from Valencia.
Yet is was said that returning manager Jose Mourinho was unsure about whether he wanted the 24-year-old at the Blues and Madrid and Barca were vying for his signature.
Up until now the Spain international had stayed quiet on the subject but Mata has broken his silence to announce he is going nowhere.
“I don’t know where that came from,” the Spaniard was quoted in the Mirror.
“The last time I spoke with the club they told me I was a very important player to them and transmitted confidence in me.
“I’m sure Mourinho will want to see everyone first and then decide what he wants to do.
“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.
“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.”
The comments from Mata should go someway to allaying Chelsea fans’ fears that their talisman would be departing the club for his native Spain this summer.
However, with Mourinho himself not having spoken to the player or given any indication of whether the midfielder fits into his plans, Mata’s future at the Bridge still has some doubt cast over it.
This is partly because the Blues have just signed Andre Schurrle from Bundesliga side Bayer Leverkusen on a five-year deal, with the German operating in a similar position to Mata.