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Mata happy to remain with the Blues

Juan Mata says that he is happy at Chelsea despite him being strongly linked with a move away from the club this summer, the Metro understands.

The two-time Blues Player of the Year has featured in just one of the clubs four games so far this season, though both he and manager Jose Mourinho have denied rumours of a rift.

The Spain international has won the Champions League, FA Cup and Europa League since arriving from Valencia two years ago, and he is keen to add more honours to that collection.

Meanwhile, following yesterday’s reports that David Luiz turned down an official approach from Barcelona during the transfer window, the Brazilian defender has claimed that two of his international teammates attempted to persuade him to make the switch, according to the Express.

Dani Alves and Neymar, the latter of which moved to the Nou Camp this summer, tried to convince Luiz to join them at the Catalan club for this season, but he declined while manager Jose Mourinho also insisted that the was not for sale.

Finally, Frank Lampard will win his 99th international cap this as England face Moldova in the first of their World Cup Qualifier double header.

Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill have also been named in Roy Hodgson’s starting XI for the game at Wembley this evening.

 

Eto’o praises Mourinho amid Chelsea link

Samuel Eto’o has been speaking of his admiration for Jose Mourinho, amid speculation linking the former Cameroon international with a move to Stamford Bridge.

The 32 year old has reportedly been lined up as an alternative to Wayne Rooney, should Manchester United refuse to part company with the England international.

Eto’o spent the 2009/10 season playing under Mourinho at Inter Milan, where together they won the Serie A title, the Coppa Italia and the Champions League.

The Blues were made aware of the strikers availability after it was revealed that Anzhi Makhachkala were attempting to move on some of their big earners in order to comply with UEFA’s financial fair play rules.

Meanwhile, Dani Alves has spoken of his desire for his friend and international teammate David Luiz to join him at Barcelona.

The Catalan club, who are looking to strengthen their back-line ahead of their title defence, recently had a £30m bid for the defender rejected by the Blues and are reportedly lining up an improved bid.

However, Jose Mourinho has made it clear that he wants to keep hold of the 26 year old, who has scored 12 goals in 109 appearances since signing from Benfica in January 2011.