Chelsea outcast determined to prove his worth

Juan MataChelsea midfielder Juan Mata is determined to regain his spot in the Blues’ starting XI after coming off the bench to help them to a 1-1 draw with Tottenham.

Despite having been one of the Londoners’ key players since his 2011 arrival from Valencia, the Spaniard has been frozen out of the first team under Jose Mourinho.

‘The Special One’ is thought to be unconvinced by the playmaker’s abilities and overall impact on the team.

However, with his side trailing to Spurs at half-time on Saturday, the Portuguese coach turned to the 25-year-old.

Mata didn’t disappoint, setting up John Terry’s equaliser with a fine free-kick.

Now the attacking midfielder is keen to re-establish himself in the Chelsea set-up:

“Obviously everyone wants to play but, I am a professional, I respect all of my team-mates and what I want to do is enjoy it on the pitch, and I think against Tottenham I did that,” he told Sky Sports.

“We needed to improve and we tried to, and when I came on I just tried to give my best for the team.

“It is what I did since I came and it is what I am going to do until the end. I am happy with the second half, but it wasn’t enough to win.

“Last season we won here and this season we wanted to win again, it wasn’t possible but the team showed that we can fight until the end.”

Mata was linked with a deadline day move away from Stamford Bridge, with Paris Saint-Germain, Liverpool, Tottenham and Arsenal all interested.

Speculation has continued to suggest he may move on, with a number of top clubs believed to be planning January moves.

Will Juan Mata prove Jose Mourinho wrong?

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