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Chelsea playmaker Juan Mata remains committed to the club despite deadline day rumours regarding a possible move to Paris Saint Germain.
Mata was the source of constant speculation this summer with returning manager Jose Mourinho being reportedly prepared to part with the Spaniard despite finishing as the Blues' Player of the Year.
The 25 year old was subject to reported interest from Ligue 1 champions PSG on deadline day while the ex-Valencia man was also linked with a move to Manchester United, but Mata is staying loyal to Chelsea.
"I think it's normal in every transfer window that there are lots of rumours but I'm happy here," Mata told Chelsea TV. "It's been a very, very good two seasons for me here, maybe the best of my career, and what I want this season is the same.
"I'm looking forward to achieving as many trophies as we did the last two seasons (Champions League and FA Cup 2012, Europa League 2013) and hopefully this is going to be a good season for us again.
"Has it been hard for me to focus on my football with all the speculation? For me it's not, if you have things clear in your mind and have belief in yourself. My only aim is to play here, grow as a player and do as good a season as the last two which were amazing for me
"These two seasons have flown by, but to me this is good because when you are enjoying things and you are happy, time goes quicker."
Mata scored 21 goals and made 28 assists last season as Chelsea finished third in the Premier League and won the Europa League.
But his success hasn't prevented links with a move away, rumours which were heightened when United briefed press during their pre-season tour that Mata had been offered as part of a deal that would take Wayne Rooney to Stamford Bridge.
Chelsea swiftly denied the suggestion but Mata's marginalisation in the first team so far this season, which has seen him start just one of his club's first four matches, with Mourinho claiming his continued omission is motivated by his participation in the Confederations Cup.
And Mata now insists he is back to full match fitness.
"We are doing a very good week of training and I feel really good," he added. "I'm looking forward to playing. Yes I am back to 100 per cent.
"It was a difficult pre-season for me because I had an injury, I never had this before. It took me a little bit more time to get fit but now I'm feeling really good.
"I had four weeks off [ahead of pre-season training] and to be honest that's too much time for me because in the last five or six years I didn't have this amount of rest.
"But it was good to rest, to be far from football and to get ready because I think it's going to be a long season again. Can I play 70 games again like last year? It depends on every player.
"For me the best thing is to play as much as I can because I love to play, I love playing at the weekend and in the middle of the week. If you are having a lot of games during the season, maybe the training is the games."