Mata has struggled to convince the Chelsea boss that he deserves a place in his starting line-up. [Reuters]

Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata has claimed that Jose Mourinho failed to give him any reasons for excluding him from the starting line up during many games this season because he is not that kind of manager.

The Spanish maestro has struggled to convince the Chelsea boss that he deserves a place in his starting line-up side this season and he has started just seven Premier League games whilst also being left out of the squad altogether on a number of occasions.

However, in an interview with twentyfour7 Football magazine the two-time Chelsea Player of the Year reveals that he was unperturbed at being left out despite Mourinho giving him no explanation for his absence.

"The way managers are depends on the way they understand the dressing room. Some managers will not give you any reasons as to why you are playing or not playing simply because they don't have to. José is like that," Mata told twentyfour7 Football magazine.

"Some managers will speak with you when you're playing but they won't speak with you when you're not. I just try to keep myself going the same no matter what kind of behaviour, because as a professional, you have to be ready for every situation and whether he does or doesn't speak to you, you should never let that in any way affect the level of your performance," he added.

Mata has recently been linked with Paris Saint Germain and Atletico Madrid, who wanted to take advantage of his absence from the Chelsea line-up to secure his services.

However he has started the last two Premier League games, helping Chelsea to secure two victories -proving especially important against Southampton as he had a hand in two of the three goals scored by the Blues in the 3-1 victory.

"To be honest I'm the calmest person of them all because I believe in myself and always try to draw the positive things from the toughest moments, so I was OK then and I am OK now. Sometimes you need to keep going, keep believing in yourself, that's what I was doing and that's what I'll do, because the one who knows me best is me, and I believe in myself and I know that everything will be OK.

"When you have played so-so, you know, as you do when you have played well, and badly. Sometimes it's after a game when you feel good about your performance even if the press said you played not so well. I think everyone reacts to bad criticism, and they think 'Why? Why me?' It's normal, it's human behaviour. We, players, are the same."