Jose Mourinho: 'I want Juan Mata to stay at Chelsea'

Chelsea's Juan Mata in action against Everton on May 19, 2013
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Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho insists that he wants Juan Mata to stay at the club amid interest from Arsenal in his signature.

Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho is adamant that he wants Juan Mata to stay at the club and is confident that the players feel a similar way.

The Spain international has been left out of Mourinho's starting XIs so far this season despite being a regular under Rafael Benitez, leading to speculation linking him with a move away from the club, with Arsenal reportedly interested.

Mourinho told reporters: "He didn't play against Man United, it was my option. I have always reasons for the options. I feel that it's my duty to explain to the players the reasons for my options - and I do.

"I don't feel it's my duty to explain to the media the reason for my options. I don't always do [it]. Everything is clear between me and the player. We have no problems.

"I think he's a very important player for us. He wants to be a very important player for us. He wants to stay. I want him to stay, the club want him to stay. There is no story."

Chelsea face Bayern Munich in the European Super Cup on Friday.

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