Jose Mourinho has outlined his plans this season for Juan Mata seemingly ending persistent speculation over his future at Chelsea.

The Spaniard was reported to be one of the players new boss Mourinho considered dispensable despite his back-to-back club player of the season awards but the manager insists Mata has a very special role in his new-look Blues.

‘Of course he fits into my plans’ Mourinho said. ‘I have my idea about him about where he produces better and where he has more difficulty.

‘We will try to help him perform better in those situations. I’ve always liked a right-sided player to be left-footed.