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Chelsea Transfer News: Jose Mourinho Wants Juan Mata to Stay Amid PSG Reports

LONDON, ENGLAND - DECEMBER 14: Juan Mata of Chelsea during the Barclays Premier League match between Chelsea and Crystal Palace at Stamford Bridge on December 14, 2013 in London, England. (Photo by Scott Heavey/Getty Images)
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Tom SunderlandFeatured ColumnistJanuary 3, 2014

Jose Mourinho has reiterated his wish to see Juan Mata remain a Chelsea player, saying that the midfielder has shown new focus of late, per the Metro's Hannah Duncan.

The Spaniard has been constantly linked with a move away from Stamford Bridge in recent months—with Paris Saint-Germain among those most interested—having hardly featured in comparison to his involvement under previous regimes.

SOUTHAMPTON, ENGLAND - JANUARY 01:  Jose Mourinho the Chelsea manager braves the elements  during the Barclays Premier League match between Southampton and Chelsea at St Mary's Stadium on January 1, 2014 in Southampton, England.  (Photo by Warren Little/G
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However, Duncan has shed new light on the situation, with Mourinho handing his playmaker increasing time on the pitch as the campaign wears on.

Speaking at Friday's press conference ahead of FA Cup third-round weekend, Mourinho commented on Mata's future at Stamford Bridge, denying any chances of a move away from the club (per Duncan):

I keep saying I want him to stay. Today he trained in a fantastic way, so I think he focussed more in what I told him after the game at Southampton, when I said I don’t want him to leave, he was focussed on that.

He was not thinking about when I said the door is open, he focussed on me wanting him to stay. He moved on, as I was saying after the game he was happy with the victory. Today he trained fantastically, there are no problems.

According to Transfermarkt.co.uk, Mata has started in just 11 of his side's 20 Premier League matches so far this season, and is yet to score a goal in league competition.

BUCHAREST, ROMANIA - OCTOBER 01: Juan Mata (L) of Chelsea shakes hands with manager Jose Mourinho (R) after being substituted during the UEFA Champions League Group E Match between FC Steaua Bucuresti and Chelsea at the National Arena Stadium on October 1
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However, it is worth mentioning that the 25-year-old failed to play a full 90 minutes in the Blues' first 10 league outings, but has since played the entire match on two occasions, finding most of his starts after October.

WhoScored shows that, since 2011, there aren't many who have been more productive than Chelsea's out-of-favour star:

The Telegraph's Jeremy Wilson wrote just this week that Mata was interesting the likes of Manchester United, Napoli and Inter during winter, but added on Friday that it was PSG who are most likely to stump up the kind of fee necessary to prise the maestro away from west London.

Mourinho's return to Chelsea hasn't run quite as smoothly as some might have proposed leading up to his return, but the club still find themselves third in the Premier League table and through to the knockout stages of the Champions League.

The former Real Madrid boss has stumbled upon some of the player-manager-relationship obstacles that sometimes blotted his time at the Bernabeu. Sergio Ramos was one one of those reported to have not always gotten along famously with his boss, per Goal.com's Ben Hayward.

As Chelsea enter the second leg of their campaign, it will be crucial that the English giants make full use of every exhaustible resource at their disposal, and Mata should yet have plenty left in the tank.

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