Monday, June 18, 2018

Mata rubbishes exit rumours; Coloccini staying put

Chelsea F.C. No. 10 Juan Mata has rubbished reports linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer.

Chelsea F.C. No. 10 Juan Mata has rubbished reports linking him with a move away from Stamford Bridge this summer, ESPN reports.

For the second season running, Mata was voted Chelsea Player of the Year after leading the club to a third-place finish in the English Premier League and the UEFA Europa League title.

Recent reports have suggested newly appointed manager Jose Mourinho may be willing to part ways with the Spain international as well as David Luiz and Fernando Torres in order to raise capital to strengthen the Blues squad in other areas.

However, Mata and Torres have moved to distance themselves with summer exits from Stamford Bridge, with the former reportedly attracting interest from Real Madrid and the latter from Barcelona.

“I want to stay, I want to honour the contract I signed, keep winning titles and I’d like to be the best in my position,” Torres told AS.

“There is no better place and better conditions than with Mourinho at Chelsea.”

Torres, who joined Chelsea from Liverpool for a transfer fee of £50 million in January 2011, has recently emerged as the subject of reported interest from Spanish champions FC Barcelona, with the Catalan side reportedly willing to splash out £20 million to sign the 29-year-old.

Meanwhile, Mata added: “Nobody at Chelsea has told me that Mourinho wants me out.

“When I finished the season I was told that they were very happy with my performances and with the two years I’ve spent with the club.

“I have three years left on my contract. I’m very happy with Chelsea.

“Mourinho? I’d prefer to wait until I meet him and work with him before I judge him. That’s simple logic.”

Mata, whose current contract expires in the summer of 2018, tallied 20 goals and 28 assists in 64 appearances across all competitions for the Blues last season.

Coloccini staying put

Newcastle United centre-back has revealed he will stay at the club for another season despite wanting to return to former club San Lorenzo, Sky Sports understands.

In January, Coloccini was linked with a return to Argentina for family reasons, but Newcastle were not willing to let their captain walk.

Since then, absolutely nothing has changed: Coloccini still wants out and Newcastle are unwilling to sell.

“I’m a grateful person and Newcastle have given me the opportunity of playing in the Premier League, which is the elite of football, so I will stay at Newcastle,” said Coloccini.

“I have talked many times with San Lorenzo about moving back with them.

“My desire is to move back but that’s not going to happen next season.”

Coloccini, who is under contract at the St James’ Park until the summer of 2016, made 30 appearances for Newcastle United last season.



Shawn Etemadi



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