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Chelsea forward Juan Mata has said that a thigh injury has prevented him from playing a bigger part in the club’s season opening games, the Metro reports.
The Spaniard has been the club’s player of the season for the previous two campaigns, but saw his future thrown into doubt following the arrival of Jose Mourinho with rumours of a move away following him all throughout the transfer window. Speculation was intensified after he was left out of the encounters with Manchester United and Bayern Munich.
Mourinho has preferred to go with new signing Andre Schurrle and the returning Kevin de Bruyne alongside Oscar and Eden Hazard behind the Blues lone striker, whilst the signing of Willian has also increased competition.
However, Mata has moved to explain that a quadriceps injury suffered in pre-season, something which he puts down to his involvement in the Confederations Cup, has slowed down his progress this season, but he has admitted that he is looking forward to life under Mourinho.
“After a few days [of pre-season] and a couple of games I felt a bit of pain on my quadriceps and I had to slow down. It was something new for me because I had never had these kind of problems, but I kept calm; it was (it is) still the beginning of the season. That’s why the first weeks of training were a bit tricky for me,” he said.
“At present I’m feeling better, looking forward to enjoy again a great season.
“The club has entered a new stage and we want to keep winning trophies and making you happy! I’m positive that this team has a lot to offer… My goal, as always, is to keep learning to become a better player.”