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Mourinho dismisses Mata exit talk

Juan Mata has been linked with Atletico Madrid, Tottenham and Manchester United.
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Jose Mourinho has described Juan Mata as a "very important" player for Chelsea, labelling stories that he could leave as "nonsense".

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Mata has been one of the Blues' star men since arriving at Stamford Bridge from Valencia in 2011 but has this summer been linked with a move away from the club.

Mourinho has a wealth of options at his disposal in Mata's position, and Chelsea's £30milion move for Anzhi Makhachkala's Willian has increased speculation that somebody will now have to be sold.

Mata was an unused substitute in Monday night's goalless draw at Manchester United but Mourinho insisted after the match that there was no truth in rumors of a possible departure.

"He is very important for me and very important for Chelsea," said Mourinho. "The stories that are coming out are nonsense stories. He goes nowhere."

Fresh reports have claimed that Tottenham may try to swoop for Mata if Gareth Bale moves on, while Atletico Madrid have also been credited with an interest in the 25-year-old midfielder.

Atletico president Enrique Cerezo has admitted he is an admirer of Mata, but has played down talk of a transfer by admitting he would probably cost too much.

"Mata is a good player but he's playing in the Premier League and over there they pay a lot," Cerezo said, quoted in The Sun.

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