During the Blues' summer pursuit of Manchester United's Wayne Rooney, it has been reported that the Spaniard, who has started only once so far this season, is seen as expendable by Jose Mourinho, though the Portuguese has long maintained that he has no intention to lose the crowd favourite.
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"I like him. I have heard, like you, that Juan Mata could be on the market. I don't know... there is a reluctance in England to sell to each other." he told the press.
"We have to see how bad the injuries are but I can't tell you more than that.
"We are on the market – the whole world knows that now - but I can't be more creative than that because nothing has been concluded yet."