Chelsea: Mata focused on Spanish duty

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Chelsea midfielder Juan Mata dismissed rumours of planning to leave the club and insists focusing on his duties with Spanish team in Confederations Cup.

Rumours suggest that recently-appointed manager Jose Mourinho is willing to listen to offers for the creative midfielder as he looks set to make his authority known in his second spell in charge of the club.

With rumours rife surrounding his future, Barcelona appear to be interested in the Spaniard as they look to strengthen their squad once more and add the World Cup winner to their ranks.

Mata has been a key player in the Chelsea team since his arrival from Valencia in 2011.

The 25-year-old has helped them to UEFA Champions League and Europa League titles and picked up personal honours by winning back-to-back player-of-the-year awards and gracing the Premier League team of the year for 2012/13.

Spain are currently preparing to face Tahiti in the Confederations Cup and Mata insists he is fully focused on his role in the national team.

He said: “I really love to play with my national team, so all I can do is train and look forward to playing, because I love to play football.

“Obviously it’s tough, talking about it physically, but I don’t feel down, I still feel fresh and all I want is to play as many games as I can.

“I really enjoyed this season. It was a tough and long for us, but at the end we won a trophy so it was good.”

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