Mata distances himself from exit rumours

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata is adamant that he will be at Stamford Bridge next season, despite reports that returning manager Jose Mourinho could move him on.

The Spanish international scored twenty goals in all competitions last season, leading to be named the clubs Player of the Year for the second season in succession; a feat only achieved by Blues legends Frank Lampard, Ray Wilkins and John Hollins.

Mata, who has three years remaining on his contract, told Spanish newspaper Marca that the possibility of him being sold has not been mentioned to him, whilst insisting that he is happy at the club.

Mata’s Spanish counterpart Fernando Torreshas also insisted that he wants to work with Mourinho, after being linked with a move to Barcelona.

The 29 year old emerged as a shock target for the La Liga Champions last week, despite suffering a drop in form since securing a £50million move to Chelsea in January 2011.

Meanwhile, the club look set to miss out on signing forward Robert Lewandowski, who looks set to remain at Borussia Dortmund for the final year of his contract.

Both Manchester clubs have also been linked with the Polish international, who is likely to secure a free transfer to Bayern Munich next summer.