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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata insists he has been left feeling confused by reports he is unwanted by new manager Jose Mourinho.
Mata is currently on international duty with Spain aiming to try and add the Confederations Cup to World Cup and European titles.
The 25-year-old admits it was a shock to hear he may no longer be required at Stamford Bridge after playing a key role in their success last term.
The Spaniard has been linked with a possible move back to Real Madrid where he started his football education as a youngster before joining Valencia.
The World Cup winner revealed he was eager to return to the west London club and work under Mourinho, who has returned to the Blues for his second stint in charge.
The Portuguese made his first signing of the summer on Tuesday, confirming that Andre Schurrle had agreed terms and would be joining from Bayer Leverkusen.
The German’s move added fuel to the fire that Mata could be on his way out as the two play similar roles.
Mata said: “I don’t know where that came from. The last time I spoke with the club they told me I was a very important player to them and transmitted confidence in me.
“I’m sure Mourinho will want to see everyone first and then decide what he wants to do.
“You have to know people first before you can evaluate them. After the holidays and after I’ve rested, I’ll meet the new boss and I’m sure things will go well.”