"Mata Is Going Nowhere..."

Jose Mourinho has quashed Arsenal’s hopes of signing Juan Mata by claiming the player was simply rested for the draw against Manchester United.

The Spanish midfielder was omitted from the Blues’ starting line-up for the first game of the season, and again sat on the bench at Old Trafford on Monday night, prompting speculation he could be on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

Gunners boss Arsene Wenger admitted he had been alerted by the situation after Tuesday night’s 2-0 win over Fenerbahce, but Mourinho insists Mata is going nowhere.