Football: Happy Juan Mata pledges future to Chelsea
LONDON (REUTERS) - Although crowd favourite Juan Mata has featured in only one of Chelsea's four games this season, the Spain midfielder said on Thursday he was happy at the London club and his future was at Stamford Bridge.
Mata was voted Chelsea's player of the year for the last two seasons but his omission from the team against Manchester United and Hull City in the Premier League and for last week's Super Cup defeat by Bayern Munich prompted claims he was out of favour with coach Jose Mourinho.
"I think it's normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours but I'm happy here," the former Valencia playmaker told Chelsea TV on Thursday.
"It's been a very, very good two seasons for me here, maybe the best of my career, and what I want this season is the same.