Jose snub ru­mours no Mata for Juan

Midweek Sport - - SPORT - By JIMMY POLLOCK

JUAN MATA is de­ter­mined to play a key part at Chelsea – de­spite ru­mours he’s on his way out.

Sto­ries that new coach Jose Mour­inho didn’t fancy the mid­fielder sur­faced as soon at the Por­tuguese made his re­turn to Stam­ford Bridge.

And fuel was thrown on the fire by sug­ges­tions World Cup-win­ner Mata (left) would be used as a makeweight in the pur­suit of Man United striker Wayne Rooney.

But the Spain star has dis­missed such talk and is now in­tent on prov­ing his worth.

He said: “Ev­ery­one wants to feel im­por­tant for the club.

“I’m very happy, en­joy­ing train­ing with the new boss, and I hope I can im­prove on the last two sea­sons.

“We are re­ally look­ing for­ward to start­ing the cam­paign with him – we are all ex­cited about it.

“Jose did a re­ally great job here a few years ago and I think that we can do it again.”

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