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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.

 

Cole and Cahill back for Basel test

Chelsea are expected to welcome back both Ashley Cole and Gary Cahill for this evening’s Europa League semi-final first leg against FC Basel.

The England duo have been out of action for the best part of a month, after Cole injured a hamstring on the first of April, and Cahill had knee surgery two days earlier.

Brazilian midfielder Oscar is also in the 19-man squad, despite suffering from a groin problem.

The Blues are aiming to become only the fourth team to have won all three of UEFA’s major club competitions, having won the Cup Winners Cup in 1971 and 1998, as well as last seasons Champions League triumph.

Meanwhile, the father of Brazilian sensation Neymar has revealed that the 21 year old will move to Europe after next year’s World Cup.

Neymar Snr, who is also the players agent, said that the Santos forward will “close a chapter in his life”, with Spanish giants Barcelona and Real Madrid expected to join Chelsea in the race for his signature.

Finally, Blues youngster Todd Kane has signed a new contract at the club, keeping him at Stamford Bridge until 2016.

The right-back is currently on loan for a second spell at Championship side Blackburn Rovers.

Cavani to cost £60 million

Napoli have put a price tag of £60 million on long time Chelsea target Edison Cavani.

The Uruguayan international has hit twenty goals in twenty-six Serie A appearances this season, and has been linked with a summer move to one of Europe’s elite.

However, following initial reports of considerably lower figure, Napoli president Aurelio De Laurentiis has confirmed the 26 year olds buy-out clause.

Meanwhile, fellow Blues target Neymar has named Chelsea as one of his preferred destinations should he leave Brazilian side Santos.

The highly rated 21 year old, who has already scored over 100 league goals in his short career, listed Chelsea alongside Real Madrid and Barcelona when discussing his desire to one day play in Europe.

Elsewhere, the Daily Star have reported that the club have placed a £17 million price tag on Belgian goalkeeper Thibaut Courtois.

The 20 year was loaned to Atletico Madrid a week after signing for Chelsea in 2011, and has been one of their star players in the La Liga side’s pursuit of Champions League football for next season.

Finally, after reaching 200 goals for his club, Frank Lampard has set his sights on another remarkable landmark – 100 appearances for England.

The midfielder, who is currently on 94 international caps, is part of Roy Hodgson’s squad for the forthcoming World Cup qualifiers against San Marino and Montenegro.